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…
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…
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.
- Thursday, October 31, join the brew crews from both breweries at Aardwolf Brewery, 5-7pm.
- Thursday, October 31, the fun continues at Mellow Mushroom Jacksonville for the Halloween Party, 8:00pm-10:00pm.
- Friday, November 1, head over to World of Beer – Jacksonville Southside, 6:00pm-8:00pm.
- Friday, November 1, onto Green Room Brewing, 9pm-until.
- Saturday, November 2, head down to Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, 11:00am -til game time to enjoy brews with crew.
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.
|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|
|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|
|Floridian – St. Augustine|
|Taps 210 – St. Augustine|
|World of Beer Southside|
|Green Room Brewing|
World of Beer Tioga
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about the collaboration or the events surrounding the release.