Hide your children, hide your pets, hide your palates…it’s HOPZILLA! What more do you need to know about a beer that features a large turtle terrorizing a town called Hopzilla? Nothing, next Question. In all seriousness, Terrapin offers a variety of great beers to suit everyone’s palate and here is some background on the brewery in case you haven’t seen this turtle crossing at the local beer store.
This Georgian brewery was started 11 years ago when Spike and John were working at another brewery and decided to take their home brewing to the next step. The brewery is named after Spike’s favorite Grateful Dead album Terrapin Station. The beer labels play on the turtle logo along with the creative names as well. Below is a list of their beers, but I am leaving some of the special releases out:
Tree Hugger – Amber beer with malty, hearty flavor.
RecreationAle - Nice session ale, just released in cans.
Rye Pale Ale – Mild pale ale with a little hop bitterness.
Hopsecutioner IPA – Go figure this is hoppy! Nice IPA with plenty of flavor.
Golden Ale – A golden/cream ale with dry, malty taste.
Seasonal – these are pretty self-explanatory from their names
Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout
Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale
Hop Karma Brown IPA
These next 4 are called the Monster Beer Tour due to their strong and flavorful profile:
Hopzilla – Double IPA – 10.7% ABV
Oaked Big Hoppy Monster – Aged red ale – 9.1% ABV
Wake N’ Bake – Coffee Oatmeal Stout – 8.6% ABV
Monk’s Revenge – Belgian Style IPA – 9.8% ABV
There are several “side project beers” and collaborations floating around. The 2 on the left side of the picture are side projects, one with peanut butter and the other with ginger. If you can find this one, Jerome & Spike’s Collaboration Ale, it is worth the search. This is a collaboration with Swiss brewery – BFM. The barleywine is aged in American bourbon barrels.
If you are in the Northeast or South, keep an eye out for these turtle brews. Unfortunately for the other areas, this newer brewery hasn’t gone nationwide yet, but with the recent growth it won’t be long. Cheers!