Craft breweries are often known for getting creative when it comes to ingredients for their beers, and the Athens-based Terrapin Beer Co. is no stranger to pushing the envelope.
With ingredients like chipped baseball bats in their Chopsecutioner brew, or the fresh tea and lemon peel in their T-Time lager, the brewers at Terrapin are constantly on the search for new flavors and ingredients.
Now, in honor of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, Terrapin is working to incorporate another unusual ingredient into its beer: MoonPies.
“We try to make beers that fit experiences and can elevate experiences,” said Terrapin spokeswoman Leah Kuck. “What better experience is there to pair a beer with than a once-in-a-lifetime eclipse?”
The MoonPie beer is not a typical Terrapin concoction.
In addition to the sweet ingredient, the brew is created using the cask method of fermentation.
“The big difference between a cask and keg is that the beer is fermented and served from the cask,” Kuck said.
This creates a beer, known as a real ale, that is unfiltered, unpasteurized and still contains active yeast.
“When you’re pouring the beer, you’re still getting some yeast in it,” Kuck said. “It just gives the beer a different character, some funkiness.”
The ale will be ready in time for the Blackout Bash Eclipse Party hosted by OnlineAthens.com at the Terrapin Brewery on Aug. 21. Just ask for a pour from the MoonPie Cask.
“You’ll know you’re drinking a MoonPie when you taste this beer,” Kuck said.
Tickets to the Blackout Bash are $12 and are available at onlineathens.com/blackoutbash.
Entry to the pet- and family-friendly event is free for those under 21 years old.