Terrapin Side Project 19: Mosaic – A Single Hop in Three Dimensions
Now arriving on shelves is Mosaic, Terrapin’s 19th volume in their Side Project series of one-time brews. This beer pays homage in both name and hop bill to Mosaic™, one of the newest hop offerings from Hop Union, LLC. The hop Mosaic™, which was previously known as HBC 369, promises to offer a bitterness and aroma profile never before accomplished with other hop varieties.
Why Mosaic™? Terrapin brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski chose the hop because, as the creative and experimental brewer that he is, he wanted to be one of the first to craft a brew featuring this newcomer to the hop roster (“Thanks, Hop Union!”, says Spike). With only a smattering of other beers using Mosaic™ available as of today, Spike knew he could create a truly unique beer while also turning the craft beer world’s attention towards Hop Union’s newest hop. He also knew that Mosaic’s™ flavor and aroma characteristics would complement the use of his signature grain– malted rye. Much as an artist carefully arranges his chosen tesserae to form a unified mosaic, Spike utilizes a two-dimensional list of grains and hops and transforms it into a three-dimensional tasting experience with this Single-hopped Red Rye Ale.
Malts: 2-row Pale, Munich, Rye, Crystal 45, Crystal 65, Crystal 85
Hops: 100% Mosaic™
Along with a complex flavor profile, this beer comes to life with a 3D label! Chris Pinkerton specifically designed Mosaic’s label with 3D viewing in mind. Using a pair of ChromaDepth 3D glasses, the two-dimensional label artwork is transformed into a mosaic of color and depth! ChromaDepth is a patented system that creates a stereoscopic effect using the ROYGBV visible light spectrum; with the glasses, the color red is pulled to the foreground while violet sits in the far background. Yellows and greens take the middleground.
Side Project 19: Mosaic is shipping now to distributors in Terrapin’s nine-state distribution network, and is available in 1/6 BBL kegs and 22 oz. bottles.
Terrapin Beer Co. has a portfolio of five 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. For more information visit the website or Facebook page.