MLB Stadium Offering Beer Made Using Actual Baseball Bats, And It’s Supposedly Tasty
Terrapin Beer Company is based out of Athens, Georgia, home of the UGA Bulldogs. They’ve been making some of the best craft beer in the South for the past 15 years. Their flagship IPA is the Hopsecutioner (7.3% ABV, 71 IBUs), and anytime I’m in or around the greater Atlanta area it’s one of the first beers I order.
This week marks the grand opening of the Atlanta Braves‘ new stadium. SunTrust Park opens its gates this Friday to some of the best fans in baseball, and with the opening of the new park comes a whole bunch of new vendors and food/beverage options. Amongst those offerings will be an IPA from Terrapin, the ‘Chopsecutioner’, and it’s made using actual baseball bat wood shavings.
Beer made with wood?! That can’t be delicious! Right?!? Wrong. It can be very delicious, and I suspect that the Chopsecutioner is going to be amazing based on what Terrapin’s own brewmaster, Brian ‘Spike’ Buckowski, had to say about it:
When asked how he’d score himself on a scale of 1-10 on how the beer emerged versus his expectations going in on this project, he said a nine.
But are there actually just a bunch of Mizuno bats brewing in with the beer?
“You can actually age something on wood chips or spirals or honeycombs,” said Buckowski. “You can also age beer in bourbon barrels, wine barrels and extract beers like that.”
“We brew the Chopsecutioner and after the fermentation we transfer the beer onto the wood chips and then cool the beer down and age it. There’s some waste from bats from when they spin them down or carve them down and that’s the product that we use to age the beer. The wood chips from them making the bats and that’s what we use.”
Terrapin Beer Company will have a Brew Lab in SunTrust Park. Chopsecutioner isn’t the only baseball-themed beer, either, as they are also offering On Deck IPA, and Swing Batter Brown Ale. via CBS Sports
I don’t have plans to visit Atlanta until my Florida State Seminoles play the Alabama Crimson Tide on September 2nd to kick off the 2017 College Football season, and the Braves are unfortunately playing at Wrigley against the Cubs that weekend. So I think I’ll have to make a special trip on up to the new SunTrust Park this Summer to catch a game and do some Terrapin beer sampling…Now, who’s coming with me?