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Posted in Rare Opportunity, Sierra Nevada, Terrapin Beer Company

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot ’07, ’08, ’09

SN BigfootThis is not exactly an event, but more of an opportunity.  As fun as it is to drink beer, or should I say current beer, I get even more excited to drink aged/cellared beer.   That brings us to today.

Sierra Nevada releases a Barleywine called Bigfoot annually.  (Barleywines are a form of strong ale that originated from England.  BW’s are strong 8%-12% ABV and are as strong as wine, but made from grain instead of fruits. Thus – barley.)   Back to the point, 2009 marks the 25th release of Bigfoot. Today you can try not only the ’09 release, but you can also taste ’08 & ’07 all side by side.

Vertical tastings are particularly significant because it provides some great insight to how a beer ages and matures.  I can’t tell you how many beers I have had that only get better with age.  (Something you can throw back at your wine snob friends.)    Hopefully by now you see that this is a particularly interesting opportunity to try the last 3 years of releases.

ALSO!!! To finish off your vertical tastings, you can also try Terrapin’s Wake & Bake 2008 & 2009 side by side.  Wake and Bake is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout – and part inspiration for the now acclaimed Depth Charge.

To my knowledge, these will be available today whenever you hit the bar, but I make 100% sure and post.

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Posted in New Releases, Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin’s Wake & Bake Returns…

Wake & Bake 2009It’s baaaaccckkk!  Terrapin’s Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout aka “Wake & Bake.”   Part of the breweries Monster Beer Line — the 4 packs are back on the shelves.

This beer started with brewer Spike Buckowski grabbing a bunch of coffee from Jittery Joe’s in Athens, GA and trying different blends and testing flavors.  In the end, Jittery Joes and Spike came up with a custom blend of Costa Rica, Guatamala, and Zimbabwe coffees.  This coffee bean blend is also sold at Jittery Joes much like the Depth Charge blend is/was.  The blend is “Smokey, medium-bodied, with caramel and cocoa hints.”

This Imperial Stout is full of flavor.  I hate to make comparisons, but if you still find yourself without Depth Charge, this is a good substitute.  Keep in mind the beers are different, but there is some commonality involved.  As I mentioned in the Depth Charge post (Read it here) , when dreaming up the next Left Hand/ Terrapin collaboration, Wake & Bake was part of the inspiration.  I just finished my first glass of this release, and I wish I had bought more. The 3 left won’t last long.  2009 edition is quite tasty.

ABV — 8.1%

Malts — 2 Row Pale, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Roasted Barley

Hops — Columbus, Northern Brewer.

Jittery Joes — Wake & Bake Bean Blend

Available — 1/6 barrel, ½ Barrel, Cases, 4 packs.

Update – 12/5/09 – Tapping now at Brickstore Pub