(Athens, GA) – 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.