Terrapin Beer Co (Athens, GA) created Tree Hugger last year for Decatur, Georgia’s Green Fest in support of the Dogwood Alliance. Terrapin brewmaster “Spike” started a love affair with the altbier style on a trip to Germany. The style originated in Dusseldorf. Spike came home to Athens, Georgia to create a hoppier play off this style. A hoppy altbier named Tree Hugger. Draft offerings extended beyond the festival to tap handles around Georgia due to it’s popularity.
In 2013, Terrapin will promote Tree Hugger to year round status. It is actually the first brew on this week in the new 100 Barrel brewhouse. Look for it on draft and it bottles starting in March, 2013.
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: March, 2013
5% ish ABV
Note: Above artwork is tentative
The Wedding Alt is patterned after the alt beer from DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany. It has a subtle hop aroma from dry-hopping and a clean, light taste. The crisp dryness is derived largely from the use of Munich malts in the grist. Caramel and chocolate malts were also used. It’s designed as a mild beer and should go well with almost any food.
Terrapin Beer Company will release a draft only beer in April dubbed “Tree Hugger.” There’s a little backstory on this one.
Terrapin’s Spike Buckowski got pretty friendly with the altbier style on a recent trip to Germany. Altbiers originated in Dusseldorf, Germany and are malty-nutty in flavor. Tree Hugger will play off this style, but a little hoppier. A hoppy altbier.
Some of the proceeds of Tree Hugger will benefit Decatur Green Fest. The fest is a free concert on the Decatur Courthouse Square featuring local and regional musical artists benefitting the Dogwood Alliance and the Oakhurst Community Garden Project.
Availability: Draft only
Arrival: April, 2012 (Tentative)
Info per Ninkasi:
First Brewed: 2009
- Starting Gravity:
- Bitterness: 50 IBUs
- Alcohol %: 7.2
- Malt: 2 Row Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Munich Malt, Carahell Malt, Roasted Barely, Chocolate Malt
- Hops: Nugget
On the bottle:
A delicious northwest seasonal brewed with winter in mind. A dark double alt, malty, nourishing and delicious, it’s sure to keep the winter at bay, and yes, Sleigh’r does rock!
An Alt ferments with Ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives Alts a more refined a crisp lagerlike flavor than traditional ales. The Double Alt means that it has been Ninkasified. Regular Alts are 5 to 5.5 % and 40 ibus.Sleigh’r has a deep toasted malt flavor that finnished dry and has 7.2 % alc and 50 ibus keeping it in a perfect Alt balance.!
Beef, Lamb, Duck, Steamed Shellfish, Strong Cheeses, Chocolate Torte
Meet Sam Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest Winner #2 — Fred Hessler. Winners were just announced at GABF a couple of weeks ago. Derf’s Secret Alt is 1 of 3 that will be appearing in the mixed 6 pack. (Derf= Fred spelled backwards)
About Derf’s Secret Alt:
Fred wanted to go big or go home with his homebrew and decided to brew a unique Sticke Alt. This full-bodied ale has a big, malty character balanced by subtle orange and grapefruit notes from the hops. With a light amber color, this brew has a sweet finish.
Style: Altbier (abv way high for style)
Availability: 12oz bottles, Limited Draft.
Arrival: Spring, 2012