John Wetzel from Terrapin Brewing Co. will be in town on Thursday, June 26 5-7p.m., to debut the second in Terrapin’s Side Projects, RoggenRauchBier. Due to the baseball event on Friday evening, this will be an abbreviated tasting with just this one beer being samples. Here’s the press release via BeerAdvocate.com:
Athens, GA (June 2008) – Terrapin Beer Co. of Athens, GA announces the much anticipated release of the RoggenRauchBier, the newest Volume in the limited production Terrapin “Side Project” series of beers.
The RoggenRauchBier, Volume Two in Terrapin’s “Side Project” series, is inspired by two classic German Beer styles. The first is the Roggenbier, made with an abundance of Rye Malt, and the second is the Rauchbier which is brewed with smoked malt. Terrapin’s brewmaster, Brian “Spike” Buckowski, decided to experiment with a combination of the two traditional German beers. “This is the first time I have experimented with smoked malt. I really didn’t know what to expect.” Said Buckowski, “I just tried to balance the smokiness from the smoked malt and the spiciness of the rye malt with the sweetness of the other specialty malts in the beer.”
The five hundred case production of RoggenRauchBier will be distributed throughout most of the seven states that are currently carrying Terrapin’s beers. Judging by the first “Side Project” release consumers will have to act fast if they want to try Volume Two. The “outrageously hoppy!” Volume One of the “Side Project” series, Hop Shortage Ale, was quickly snapped up by consumers and in many places sold out the same day it hit the shelves. Retailers can expect a similar response for the newest edition to showcase Buckowski’s brewing improvisation, so grab them while you can!
Each Volume of the Terrapin “Side Project” series of beers is a limited, one time batch sold only in 22oz bottles. A new Volume is schedule to be released every 2-3 months. To Terrapin’s brewers it offers an opportunity to experiment with new ingredients and unique style while utilizing their creativity.
Terrapin Beer co. opened the doors this year to their 45,000 square foot brewery in Athens, GA at 265 Newton Bridge Road. They offer tours of the new facility Thursdays and Saturdays from 5:30 – 7:30 with live music and tastings. The tours are an excellent opportunity to taste Terrapin’s full line of award winning brews and see the brewing process first hand. For more information visit the web site www.terrapinbeer.com