Terrapin Chubby Bunny is the both the 4th release in the brewery’s employee brew-off series, and the 29th Side Project Release.
A few years ago, the Athens, Georgia based brewery decided to put their employees to the [brewing] test. Internally, members of the Terrapin Tribe split up and got fermentationally weird. At the staff end of year party, each team presents their recipe, proposed name (which half the time has to be changed to make the government happy), and a skit relative to the beer. Trust us, it gets pretty hilarious.
This year’s winning recipe is an imperial s’more milk stout, aka Terrapin Chubby Bunny. Inspired by the fireside favorite, Chubby features local Condor Chocolates, graham cracker, and marshmallows.
Chubby Bunny is our 4th installment of our employee home-brew competition. This Imperial milk stout breaks all the rules by combining flavors of graham cracker, toasted marshmallow and dark chocolate. This mouthful of a stout will challenge any beer lover to say “Chubby Bunny”
Terrapin Chubby Bunny will be a 22 ounce bottle release in 2017.
The winning Terrapin employee team: Tim Fennimore, Kim Fraher, Stephan Fraher, Kelly Guglietta, Geoff Hammond, Bear Jordan, and Marth Sproull
Terrapin Smoke on the Porter is now the brewery’s Side Project #28.
The base beer is a Baltic porter brewed with beechwood smoked malt, that the brewery will be been aging on French oak until this fall release. In case you have a song rolling around your head, the beer is a nod to Deep Purple’s classic Smoke on the Water, released in 1972.
Like music to your ears, “Smoke on the Porter” is that song you just can’t seem to get out of your head. Brewed with beechwood smoked malt and aged on French Oak, this old world lager will keep you humming that familiar tune.
What to expect? Smoke might turn some people off. To get that out the way now, there is just a hint off the beechwood smoked malt. There is a good bit of chocolate. So…smokey chocolate with a hint of fresh oak in the finish. A candidate for rich desserts, vanilla ice creams, or cheesecakes. Hell, even hot wings. Get weird.
Terrapin Smoke on the Porter is headed to shelves in 12 ounce cans – a very limited release.
Pic: Beer Street Journal
Terrapin HI-10 will mark the 27th entry in the brewery’s Side Project Series in late July. For the first time in Side Project history, the beer will be in canned (instead of 22 ounce bottles.)
One of Terrapin’s first cans was Hi-5, a west coast style India pale ale. This rif on that beer will be an imperial IPA brewed with mango and habanero peppers. Above are the first can proofs of the new
Surf’s up with our “HI-10” Mango Habanero Double IPA. With citra waves for days, and just enough heat to make you sweat, our big and juicy DIPA has plenty of kick to keep you barreled from start to finish.
Terrapin HI-10 will be a 12 ounce can offering.
Over the winter, Beer Street Journal got the unique opportunity to judge Terrapin’s employee brew-off. Each team of employees created not only a recipe, but had to present a skit to the crowd selling the beer. The winner -Terrapin Poivre Potion Saison.
Like other employee brew-off winners, the Terrapin Poivre Potion Saison features pink peppercorns that spices up this saison.
Traditional beers with a twist on their style has been a Terrapin ritual since the beginning. In keep up with traditional, our 2015 employee beer Terrapin Poivre Potion dry hopped imperial pink peppercorn saison, fits the bill. Brewed with pink peppercorns for a complex spice, and dry hopped for some extra aroma , this multifaceted beer will keep you guessing on which flavor comes next.
Terrapin Poivre Potion Saison is available in 22 ounce bottles, a part of the brewery’s Side Project Series.
Beer Street Journal tasting notes: Side Project #25 upscaled nicely from the employee test batch we chose in the competition earlier this year. The saison is very bright, with a strong peppercorn notes. As the dry-hopping name suggests, this saison has a strong hop flavor. A fun one-off lineup addition, for the fans of the Side Project Series releases.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Release: Early December, 2015
Terrapin employees responsible for this beer:
Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, GA) is ready to ship Side Project #22, Moonray. The beer is a chocolate weizenbock, meant to resemble the chocolate oranges you get at Christmas.
To accomplish this flavor, the brewing team added orange peel and cocoa nibs.
Sometimes things get a little weird when there’s a full moon. Floating into Side Project spot 22 is Moonray Chocolate Orange Weizenbock. Our rendition of this traditional style is clearly a hoax with the addition of cocoa nibs and orange peel for a greater depth of flavor. With its big malt presence and hint of banana from the yeast, this beer may just make you howl at the moon.
Terrapin Moonray is a name nod to Sunray Wheat the brewery retired in 2011. The beer is available on draft and 22oz bombers this May. While you’re sipping #22, start thinking about Side Project #23 – Guano Loco.
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. One-time release.
8.3% ABV, 20 IBUs
Read more: Terrapin Side Projects
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
Side Project #22 “MoonRay” is already in planning, with the test recipe being tweaked as you read this. Per brewery co-founder “Spike” Buchowski, he intends on making this beer a bit like the chocolate orange candy. (the chocolate that splits open like orange slices).
He hopes to the do this with the addition of orange peels, chocolate malt and cocoa nibs. The weizenbock yeast will give the beer a touch of banana flavor too.
Expect this offering by Summer, 2014