Terrapin/ Persimmon Hollow Collaboration: Holler Hopper

31 December 2014

From John @ Terrapin:

This is the suitcase I packed for my last trip of 2014. Where was I headed?

All packed and ready to travel!

That’s right. It was my turn to do a collaboration brew!

On the last Monday of 2014 I had the privilege of joining Andy Sistrunk and Robbie Carrelli at Persimmon Hollow in Deland FL. Man was it fun!



Ironically I began my brewing career in early 1995 so this collaboration which will be released in early 2015 was a great opportunity for me to get back to my brewing roots and celebrate my 20 year anniversary in this crazy business. It’s weird being an old-timer.

Terrapin/ Persimmon Hollow Collaboration Day!

Terrapin/ Persimmon Hollow Collaboration Day!

So what is the connection between Terrapin and Persimmon Hollow?

It all started a couple of years ago when Andy and Robbie were serving their homebrew at the Deland Beer Fest. Kate Lloyd, our cask supervisor who was working the fest for Terrapin, tried their beer and told the two they should consider opening their own brewery.

Fast forward a year to February 2014 when I attend the fest. Andy tells me the story of how Terrapin’s encouragement was the impetus they needed to get Persimmon Hollow going. We spent some time chatting and really hit it off.

Barley time.

Barley time!

After hanging out together for the weekend, we decided we should do a collaboration someday. And coming up with a beer that we can premiere at the 2015 Deland Beer Fest and Volusia Beer Week seemed to make the most sense.

The collaboration beer is called “Holler Hopper”. The idea is that Persimmon Hollow is making a lot of Belgian style beers while Terrapin is known for the use of hops and for IPA’s so Andy and I decided to combine the two.

Wort going into the kettle.

Wort going into the kettle.

We brewed a Belgian Golden Ale but threw a ton of American hops into the mix. It’s been a long time since I have played around with all the new hops so Spike helped out with the recipe. The end result will be a higher alcohol, high IBU Belgian Golden Ale.

The release for this beer will be during Volusia Beer Week.  We will likely have Kate do a special cask of the beer and do a joint tap takeover. Stay tuned for more details.

Just a very small portion of the amount of hops we added to this beer!

Just a very small portion of the amount of hops we added to this beer!

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From Breakside Brewery:

Breakside Brewery is kicking off 2015 with five new beers, four of them in bottles, two of them available year round and one of them launching a brand new Farmhouse Fruit and Funk series. Beginning January 1st welcome brand new year round beers Lunch Break ISA and Amuse Saison both available on draft and in 22oz bottles. January 8th will mark the return of the beloved seasonal Salted Caramel Stout to draft and bottles. Early January will see the release of Tropicalia an American Farmhouse ale brewed with Lychee fruit and Peruvian peppers, it is the first in a new Farmhouse Fruit and Funk series of six, Belgian inspired releases that will rotate every two months. Finally we can all look forward to a collaboration with Portland’s newest brewers at Fat Head’s Brewing and a quickly budding friendship between both breweries culminating in the release of Juggling Plums Gose on January 14th at Saraveza.



Lunch Break ISA

Lunch Break is our hop forward session beer, built for enjoying any time of day. Whether you call this beer a Session IPA, American Pale Ale, India Session Ale, Mini IPA, or something totally different, we know that you’ll find this beer to be full of juicy, classic hop flavor with just enough malt backbone to keep things in balance. We reserve some of our favorite hops–Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial–to use in this beer, which gives the aroma a heady mix of lemongrass, orange marmalade, grapefruit, pine and resin. Hop heads who seek a big punch of hops in the nose need look no further!
4.7% ABV 28 IBU.

Amuse
This characterful session Saison is a true delight for the palate! Notes of white pepper, coriander, orange, freshly cut flowers, and ginger come together beautifully in this easy-drinking Belgian-style Farmhouse beer. The delicate balance of herbal hop aromatics and spicy yeast flavors make this beer light, spritzy and refreshing.



“Amuse” is a Chameleon-like word with many meanings, and here, it means to have fun, to enjoy oneself. Amuse is a beer to enjoy with friends: to kick off a meal, to enjoy on a sunny afternoon outdoors, to share as a gift. We hope you’ll find drinking this beer as fun and amusing as it is for us to make. Cheers!
5% ABV 16 IBU.



Amuse Final

Salted Caramel Stout
A collaboration with Salt & Straw ice cream, this has been one of our most popular beers over the past few years. The base beer is a full-bodied stout, and we add both sea salt and a specially made caramel to the wort before fermentation. The finished beer is rich and balanced with a luscious caramel flavor in the aroma and mid-palate, a hint of salt in the finish, and a smooth, rich roast character.
7.9% ABV 33 IBU.

Salted Caramel Stout Final Art

Tropicalia
Our brewers draw inspiration for beers from all corners of the world of food and drink, and this beer is a perfect example. Influenced by a dish at Johanna Ware’s restaurant Smallwares in Portland, OR, two of our brewers designed a beer using lychee and Peruvian Yellow Chilies. The playful intermingling of moderate spice and unctuous, tropical fruit keeps this beer in balance. Early aromas of pepper give way to a rich and fruity mid palate that is followed by a pleasant, lingering heat. The use of several “Hot” hops with distinctive tropical aromas add additional depth of flavor to this unique beer.

This is the first release in our new Farmhouse, Fruit and Funk series. This set of six beers–each available for two months of the year–showcases the deft and playful ways in which our brewers use non-traditional ingredients to make complex, flavorful beers. From Lychees and Yellow Chilies to Oregon-grown Peaches and California Kumquats, this line of beers stakes a claim for the “culinary beer” as an emergent, delicious and elegant new beer style.
6% ABV 23 IBU.

Breakside Tropicalia

Juggling Plums Gose
To kick off 2015, we have a draft-only collaboration brewed with our good friends at Fat Heads Brewery. The beer, a Gose, is a slightly sour wheat beer made with salt and coriander. In a non-traditional twist, we derived all of the salt in this beer from an unlikely source; the Japanese Salt Plum or Umeboshi. Salt plums are small Japanese plums that have been cured with red Shiso and salt and spend a year “fermenting” in wooden barrels. The fruit is intensely briny, with a light sweetness and herbaceousness. Seriously though, these things pack a punch: we need fewer than 5 lbs of salt plums to impart a recognizable (yet balanced!) flavor to 1,000 gallons of beer!

In the spirit of collaboration, we brewed components of this beer at each of our breweries; Fat Head’s grew up the sour wort we used to give the beer it’s tartness, while Breakside supplied the base wort and salt plums. We think that you’ll find the finished beer to be incredibly refreshing and complex. It’s a “gateway sour” with a moderate body and slightly spicy finish. Cheers!
5% ABV 6 IBU.
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Friday January 9th 6 – 9pm
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2050 NW Market St
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Salted Caramel Stout – PDX Release Party
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N.W.I.P.A.
6350 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR
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Uptown Market
6620 SW Scholls Ferry Road
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Bottles: Salted Caramel Stout, Amuse and Tropicalia.

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Saraveza
1004 N Killingsworth St
Portland, Oregon 97217
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Longmont, CO — December 31st , 2014 — The Oskar Blues Brewery will be holding an event at the Tasty Weasel Taproom on January 10th, 2015, to celebrate the release of their newest beer, PINNER, Throwback IPA. The event will be handled in true OB Style, with hot-air balloon rides, allowing attendees to “get lifted” in the brewery parking lot.

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Dank prizes will be given out during the event including a pair of skis from Icelantic, Oskar Blues restaurant gift cards, Winter on the Rocks and Zach Deputy Tickets. Additional prizes will be given away to the winners of the Pinner Skee Ball Tournament, which will begin at 6:00pm.

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