Terrapin Beer Co. & New Belgium Brewing to Collaborate
Terrapin Beer Co. will welcome New Belgium Brewing brewmaster Peter Bouckaert into their facility for a collaborative brew on December 11, 2014. Black is the New Wit Imperial Black Rye Wit is a traditional Belgian wit brewed with Terrapin brewmaster Spike’s signature rye malt. The addition of black wheat and dehusked roasted barley in the mash gives the beer its unusually dark color.
“Peter and I have been wanting to do a collaboration for about three years now,” said Terrapin’s Brian “Spike” Buckowski. “We originally wanted to brew something with muscadine, but the timing didn’t line up right. We kicked around a couple of ideas like a Baltic porter that didn’t really have a dark color, but got its dark flavor from wood. From that popped out the idea of doing an imperial black wit brewed with rye and aged on cedar.”
The first edition of Black is the New Wit was brewed on October 20 when Spike travelled to Ft. Collins, CO to brew with Bouckaert at New Belgium Brewing. Both versions of the beer will be virtually the same with the exception of the wood used for aging. New Belgium’s brew is being aged on cedar, whereas the Terrapin brew will be aged on sassafras.
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Torrified Wheat, Malted Wheat, Rye, Midnight Wheat, DH Carafa III
Hops: Sorachi Ace, Lemondrop, Mandarina Bavaria
Other: Coriander, Bitter Orange Peel
A Meet-the-Brewer event will be held at The Pine in Athens, GA on Wednesday, December 10, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm followed by a joint Terrapin/New Belgium tap takeover at Trappeze Pub. All are welcome to attend.
Black is the New Wit will be packaged in 22 oz. bottles and 1/6 BBL kegs for release in February 2015, with availability throughout Terrapin’s distribution network.
About Terrapin Beer Co.
Terrapin Beer Co. has a portfolio of six year-round beers, four Seasonal Sessions beers, the Monster Beer Tour collection of four high-gravity selections, and the Side Project series of one-time releases. Terrapin co-owners John Cochran, President, and Brian “Spike” Buckowski, Brewmaster, have developed a reputation for high-quality beers that push the boundaries of creative brewing.
Terrapin Beer Co. is open to the public for tours every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with live music and tastings. The brewery is located at 265 Newton Bridge Road in Athens, GA. The tours are an excellent opportunity to taste Terrapin’s full line of award-winning beers at their freshest and to see the brewing process first-hand.