Terrapin, the newest of Georgia’s 3 breweries, has been a busy bee. Their most recent side project, the Terrapin Gamma Ray, is a honey wheat wine that is simply outstanding. If you haven’t had it yet, see if you can snag one before it’s gone. According to Steve at Terrapin,
Basically, its a German style wheat beer on Steroids. Gamma Ray clocks in at 11% abv and is brewed with 700lbs of Tupelo and Sourwood Honey from Savannah Bee Co. This might be the best beer that Spike has ever brewed.
I tend to agree. It was above all an interesting beer. The honey is definitely upfront but not overpowering. It’s essentially an imperial version of their Sun Ray Wheat.
But there’s more. Terrapin has also teamed up with Left Hand Brewing in Colorado (brewers of our second-favorite milk stout) to produce a new beer: Terra-Rye?Zd. This beer is a black lager brewed with rye. Oh yes? Draft Magazine has this to say about it:
The beer has the water softness of a traditional schwarzbier (black lager), but the rye imparts a distinct sharpness to the flavor and aroma that sets this apart from the German black lager. The dark grains lend a very light smokiness that settles in nicely on the back of the tongue. Hop bitterness is elevated slightly, and they contribute an earthy, floral hop flavor. This is a slightly heavy beer, but easy to enjoy.
And unfortunately I haven’t found Terra-Rye’Zd in stores anywhere yet. I’m told it’s there, but keeps getting sold out. If anyone has tried it, please let us know what you think. Kudos to Terrapin for thinking outside of the box and working to put Georgia beer on the map!