Bitter Rivalry: A Florida/Georgia Collaboration


Since our inception, we have thought “It would be fun to do a beer with our friends at Terrapin for the Florida Georgia game in Jacksonville.” Four years of conversations later, here we are…

The Beer

Initial conversations with our brewers and Spike yielded many ideas, but the one that kept coming up was to use fruit from our home states in a brew that was two breweries coming together to brew and release a beer in a market where, although friendly, there is competition amongst us. Oh yeah, and there’s that football game thing, too. The end result was the choice to brew an English Bitter with Georgia Peaches and Florida Oranges and call it “Bitter Rivalry.”

This is a draft only release, so no bottles.

Since the beer would be released during Florida Georgia weekend and mostly in the Jacksonville market, it had to be sessionable. So, we ended up with a low ABV and decided to keep the peaches and oranges as a subtlety, leaving us with a very drinkable, session English Bitter with light tones of peach and citrus. We had a ton of fun with Spike, here at Swamp Head, brewing the beer. We ate Hogan’s sandwiches, joked around about all of the fun stuff that happens in our breweries, and yes, we brewed a great beer. Come have a beer with us at one of our release events that will feature Bitter Rivalry and a ton of our other year round and limited beers…

The Event

How are you gonna kick off your Florida-Georgia Football Weekend? Several events are being planned now around town featuring Swamp Head Brewery and Terrapin Beer Co. starting on Halloween and going through the Florida Georgia weekend! At each event you can enjoy a pint of your familiar favorites or enjoy the collaboration beer, ‘Bitter Rivalry,’ an English Bitter brewed with Florida Oranges and Georgia Peaches.

The distribution of this beer will be very limited and it will all be released starting on Thursday, October 31st. Most of the beer will be distributed in the Jacksonville market for FL/GA weekend with some reaching into St. Augustine and a small amount will stay here in Gainesville.  We will have the beer on draft at The Wetlands starting Oct. 31st as well.

Here is a list of the locations that will be getting kegs of Bitter Rivalry: Remember, this beer will probably go quickly and won’t be tapped until Thursday, October 31st 2013.

Jacksonville/St. Augustine

Brewer’s Pizza
European St – Jax Beach
Mellow Mushroom Jax Beach
Poe’s Tavern – Atlantic Beach
JP Henleys – St. Augustine
Mellow Mushroom – St. Augustine
Underbelly – Jacksonville
Dahlia’s Pourhouse – Jacksonville
North Star Pizza Bar – Jacksonville
Brewer’s Pizza
Gas Full Service
Stogies Cigar Bar
Mojo BBQ – St. Augustine
Grape and Grain Exchange
European St – Riverside
Salty Pelican – Fernandina
Stripes and Solids – Orange Park
Tomoka Brewery – Ormond Beach
Bold Bean Coffee Shop – Riverside
Saucy Taco – Julington Creek
Dos Coffee – St. Augustine
Engine 15
Floridian – St. Augustine
Taps 210 – St. Augustine
Fionn McCools
Mellow Southside
World of Beer Southside
Green Room Brewing

The Top


Brass Tap



Salty Dog

The Swamp

Tall Paul’s


KC Krave

World of Beer Tioga

Email with any questions you may have about the collaboration or the events surrounding the release.


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