Shmaltz Edition of Reunion Beer 2011. This years edition (minutes away from shelves) is a chili beer, brewed with Olive & Sinclair cocoa nibs, vanilla beans & chili peppers.
Teaming up with Shmaltz Brewing for the first time, Terrapin Beer Co. returns for a third year as a production partner for Reunion ’11. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in this venture — Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise funds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).
This year’s beer is a dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. This brown ale leads with a sweet and subtle spicy aroma. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss. Just when you thought it was over, the heat from the chilies sneaks in and coats your tongue with tantalizing heat.
Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s memory.
Cheers — Pete and Alan
Availability: 22oz bombers, draft. Released annually, style changes each year.