I blog primarily over at "geosciblog" (http://geosciblog.blogspot.com), I am doing this one for fun. It is inspired by 30+ years of beer can collecting and having tried more than 3,000 different American beers during that time. “. . . And beer was drunk with reverence, as it ought to be.” — G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, November 19, 2005

There Was a Big Hoppy Monster in My Glass...

But I took care of it. One sip at a time. Another may be attempting to escape my refridgerator, I may have to deal with it also. On second thought, it is 8.3% alcohol, so I may let it wait until tomorrow night.

No, it is not a bad dream. Actually, it is a hophead's delight, Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster, from Terrapin Beer Co., currently a contract brewer. Their flagship brand is Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, very hoppy in its own right. They also have a milder Terrapin Cream Ale. Their seasonals include the Big Hoppy Monster, Wake & Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout, Rye Squared and All American Imperial Pilsner.

Future plans include a brewery in Athens, GA, but for the meantime, it is being brewed by Frederick Brewing Co., of Frederick, MD. Frederick's own Blue Ridge brands are supplemented by contract brewing of beers and ales for other companies, sometimes because demand exceeds the capacity of the other breweries.

Frederick's stable includes:
Wild Goose English Style Ales
Little Kings Cream Ale
Blue Ridge Ales & Lagers
Hudy Delight Lager
Crooked River Ales & Lagers
Burger & Burger Lite Beer

The Rye Pale Ale and the Big Hoppy Monster are quite distinctive, I eagerly await the others.
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