Collaboration is a trend among Louisiana breweries. NOLA Brewing (www.nolabrewing.com) has worked with Stone Brewing Co. (www.stonebrew.com) and New Belgium Brewing (www.newbelgium.com), Bayou Teche Brewing (www.bayoutechebrewing.com) has two international collaborations in the works and a local brewpub debuted the first brewpub-brewery collaboration in the state by brewing a beer with Athens, Ga.-based Terrapin Beer Co. (www.terrapinbeer.com). That beer was introduced to the Louisiana market last week.
Head brewer Matthew Horney worked at Terrapin before heading up brewery operations at Old Rail Brewing Company and says the idea for collaboration arose when the Terrapin team visited Old Rail's brewpub while finalizing arrangements for its distribution. "We discussed the Terrapin release date and thought it would be fun to do it as a celebration of our friendship as well as their introduction to the market," Horney says.
The beer will be a blood orange black IPA, incorporating local produce, which was an important element in planning the recipe, Horney says. They will use fresh orange zest in the brewing process. He chose the black IPA style because, Horney says, "I love roasted malts and bold flavors and Terrapin is big on hops, so it seemed like a good fit." The beer's release date has not been finalized but likely will be in mid-February.
Terrapin released beers across town last week. On Jan. 13, The Avenue Pub added Terrapin's flagship IPA Hopsecutioner, as well as Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout, Barrel-Aged Monk's Revenge Belgian IPA, Rye Pale Ale and Wake 'N' Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout. The Bulldog in Mid-City introduced So Fresh & So Green, Green fresh hop IPA; and the Bulldog Uptown added Oaked Big Hoppy Monster.
On Jan. 16, Terrapin was introduced at Ancora, The Midway, Wayfare and Freret Street Publiq House. After the rollout, only Hopsecutioner will be available to the market, for the time being.