Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, GA) is pushing the envelope with new beers and flavors this year. Last week, Green Flash was in the brewery to cream an orange creamsicle IPA. Next up is Side Project #23, Guano Loco.
Chili pepper brownie ale peak your interest? For this edition, the brewery combined flavors of chocolate from cocoa nibs, and chilies to give your palate something as confusing as it is fun.
Like a piñata bursting at the seams, Guano Loco “Chili Pepper Brownie Ale” explodes with a flavor from a myriad of directions. Chocolaty sweetness melds brilliantly with a spicy head to make this beer a fiesta in your glass…Ole’
Look for Terrapin Guano Loco in 22oz bombers and draft for a limited time. What does Guano Loco mean? This might help.
Read more: Terrapin Side Project Series
Music and craft beer are on a roll. There are so many brewers collaborating with musicians. Coming soon to Stone Brewing Co.’s Collaboration Series is Collective Distortion IPA. This future offering is the brainchild of Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident, and Keri Kelli of Alice Cooper. Together they created an imperial IPA brewed with elderberries and coriander.
In bringing together artisans front disparate aural planes, one might expect an offbeat, feedback-warned cacophony,shrill to the point of unlistenable. Yet, by inviting Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for eclectic, Jam-prone sextet, The String Cheese Incident, and Karl Kelli, wailing rock guitarist of Slice Cooper fame, we were able to make truly beautiful music. Turns out, these musicians have a great deal in common, both with each other and with Stone. We all enjoy turning things up toll, and that is represented in this collaborative offering, an imperial India pale ale ably backed by Nugget, Comet and Calypso hops, and amplified care of a generous dry-hopping with Vic’s Secret, a new Australian hop, adding citrus and tropical fruit oomph.To give this modern masterpiece some soulful, classic character, we traced the roots of brewing to the days when Old World herbs were used to spice beers, adding in coriander and, a first for us, elderberries. To stand up to that sumptuous spice and blaring bitterness, we added golden naked oats, which are lightly roasted and add body and enhanced mouthf eel to the brew like a steady, unbreakable backbeat to an incendiary ram solo. Sit back, crank the volume and get lost in this operatic incarnation of genres combined in the name of invention.
Kyle Hollingsworth has done another craft heer collaboration with Boulder Beer Company – Hoopla. Look for Stone Collective Distortion IPA in 22oz bottles and draft.
A new music inspired collaboration rises from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE). This beer uses wasabi. What? I know. Read on.
Julianna Barwick is an American musician that hails from Louisiana. Her music uses multiple loops of her voice to create the melody. Her go-to ingredient is wasabi, and Dogfish is happy to oblige. Meet Dogfish Head Rosabi, brewed with wasabi and bittered with Japanese root.
The vivid rose hue of comes from a combination of Munich and Caramel malts and a touch of red rice from Louisiana, birthplace of musician and collaborator Julianna Barwick. Citrusy Simcoe and Centennial feed Juhanna’s love of hops, and the star of the show is her go-to ingredient: wasabi. What’s hoppy? …Wasabi. The Japanese root adds bittering and herbal notes similar to hops, with its subtle heat creeping in after the kick of carbonation. It’s expansive from start to finish. So go ahead, take a sip, toss your head back, and howl at the red Rosabi moon.
Look for Dogfish Head Rosabi in 750 ml bottles and draft.
Stone Brewing Co’s current round of Enjoy By IPA “expires” on 4.20.14. You’ve got three days until the beer magically disappears in the bottle.
Coming up right behind 4.20 is Enjoy By 5.16.14 – headed to just 5 places – Alabama, California, Oregon, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.
As I’m sure you know by now, the IPA is brewed, shipped and meant to be drank within the timeframe marked on each bottle. Emphasizing fresh beer is better beer.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft.
Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, GA) second can in their lineup, Hi-5 IPA was canned this week, at Two Road Brewing in Connecticut. The brewery has been using Two Road’s canning line while making a decision on a full time canning program.
To no one’s surprise, cans will be sticking around in Terrapin’s portfolio. A canning line is currently on a boat to the brewery from Italy.
Hi-5 IPA, dubbed a California style India Pale Ale, is also a year round offering. Hi-5 is hoppier than RecreationAle, but less boozy than Hopsecutioner at 7.3%. Look for cans to hit shelves in May, 2014.
Hops: Zythos, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra
Malts: 2-Row Pale, CaraMalt, Cara Pilsner
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year Round.
5.9% ABV, 80 IBUS
There will be two releases in New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series this year. The first ships this week (Mid-April, 2014) – Dragon’s Milk with Toasted Chilies.
Coming this fall, the brewery will release Dragon’s Milk with Raspberries.
“The raspberry Reserve is equally amazing,” says Brett VanderKamp [Brewery President]. “It will definitely appeal to those who love that tangy tartness of raspberries and those who are a little scared of the chilies…”
Look for New Holland Dragon’s Milk with Raspberries in late fall, 2014.
East coast meets west coast in this soon to memorable collaboration. Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, GA) and Green Flash (San Diego, CA) have already brewed together in California, and the left coasters will find their way to Athens, Georgia next week to create Tangerine Dreamcicle.
Tangerine Dreamcicle is a tangerine cream IPA. Got your attention? Good. Beer Street Journal will be filming the brew day next week.
Style: iPA (w/ Tangerines)
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Arrival: May, 2014 (Tentative)