(Athens, GA) – One of the most anticipated beers in Terrapin cellar was finally released from its conditioning tank and bottled last week at Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens GA. The beer, a Barley Ryne that had been aging on oak and bourbon wood for almost a year, is the product of a 2011 collaboration between Terrapin and Swiss brewery Brasseries Des Franches-Montagnes (BFM).
In 2011, Terrapin brew master Brian “Spike” Buckowski traveled to the Swiss Alps to visit and brew with Jérôme Rebetez, brew master of BFM. The resulting 10.0276% ABV Barley Ryne, simply called spike & jérôme’s Collaboration Ale, was released in the US earlier this year to the great joy of all who were lucky enough to score one of the 11.4 oz flip-top bottles.
But the story does not end there. The collaboration had been such a success that later in September of 2011, while Jerome was traveling in the US, the two recreated the collaborative Barley Ryne brew day at the Terrapin Beer Co. brewery in Athens, GA. After almost a year in matured bourbon barrels the resulting limited-edition ale has finally been released under the name jérôme & spike’s Collaboration Ale 2011.
As the label says, these beers will age well and our money is on a side-by-side tasting in 2016… you choose which country.
Hops: Bravo, Columbus, U.S. Golding, Amarillo
Malt: 2-Row, Rye, Munich, Carapils, CaraAroma, Caramunich III, Melanoidin
jérôme & spike’s Collaboration Ale 2011 has been released in 22oz bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs in Terrapin’s nine-state distribution range including: GA, FL, TN, AL, NC, SC, VA PA and NJ.
Terrapin Beer Co. has a portfolio of three year-round beers, four seasonal beers, the Monster Beer Tour collection of four high-gravity selections, and the Side Project series of one-time releases. Terrapin has developed a reputation for high-quality beers that push the boundaries of creative brewing. Tours of the Terrapin Brewery are offered 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 and see the brewing process first hand.