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CASK ALERT! Terrapin Side Project #9 – Dark Side

As far as I know, you are the first know Terrapin Dark Side Bottleabout this.   This Tuesday at Taco Mac’s “The Fred”  the first ( and I think only) cask of Terrapin’s New Side Project “Dark Side” will be tapping.

UPDATE! – This cask will feature Dark Side aged on Cherry Oak.

More about “Dark Side”?  Click Here

NOTE  – AS OF 12/18/09 – You must have at least 13 credits on your Taco Mac Passport list to gain entry to “The Fred.”

Taco Mac – Prado – “The Fred”


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Posted in New Launches, Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin’s Side Project #9 – Dark Side

Dark SideFans of the Terrapin’s side project series, your wait for a new release is over.  The follow up to # 8 — Pumpkinfest is shipping now.   Dark Side is what #9 has been dubbed, and is the last side project release for 2009.

Dark Side is a Belgian Imperial Stout.  While not officially a “style” of beer per say, Dark is born out of a trip to Belgium.   Brewer Spike Buckowski of Terrapin, recently took a trip over to Belgium, land of great beer.  While there, he got to tour Westmalle — one of very few Trappist Breweries in the world.  Spike was fascinated with the yeast havesting.  The idea to brew a trappist yeast based beer was born.  (Want to know more about Trappist?  Click here .)

Thus, here comes Dark Side.  Described by Spike as Darth Vader meets Pink Floyd.  This Belgian Imperial Stout has Belgian chocolate in the flavor, roasted grains, with hints of smokiness in the finish.   Bold malt and yeast are a goal here, with hops added but intentionally subtle.

Ingredients include-

Malts — Two Row, Crystal, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley.

Hops — Pilgrim, Golding

ABV — 8.5%

These 22oz bottles are en route to the distributor, and will be available by the end of the week.

First taste in Atlanta will occur TONIGHT at Octane Coffee on Marietta Street (5:30 pm) thanks to Hop City.   Tasting is free, and includes Terrapin’s Dark Side, Wake & Bake ’09, and Hopsecutioner.

Bottle and Tap Sightings soon!