Terrapin Brewmaster Taps Rare Midnight Monk Cask at Kush Monday

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Terrapin, the turtle-themed brewery that hails from Athens, Georgia, is a consistent hit with beer fans. The craft brewery's beers have won numerous awards at the U.S. Open Beer Championship, Carolina Championship of Beers, and the Bramwell Oktoberfest, for their drinkability.

Terrapin is also known for its special releases and barrel-aged beers, many of them rare finds not readily available in Miami. On Monday, August 25 at 6 p.m., Terrapin co-founder and brewmaster Spike Buckowski will be behind the bar at Kush to tap some rare kegs and share some special hard-to-find Terrapin selections.

See also: "Our F-You Stand:" Flush Macro Beer Away at Kush Dissenter Release Party August 13

Kush's David Rodriguez said that even he hasn't seen some of these releases. Rodriguez talked us through the offerings, which include a limited number of bottles of Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter ($25), which Buckowski has offered to sign for collectors. "You'll get a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg notes in this beer. It's also in a beautiful bottle, sealed with wax."

Kush's resident beer expert is also looking forward to tapping Terrapin's barrel aged Wake 'N Bake ($12), saying, "you'll get a lot of coffee, chocolate, and a little vanilla in this one. The regular Wake 'N Bake is a winter seasonal, but I've never seen a barrel aged version. At least not in Florida." In honor of the beer's theme, Dazed and Confused will play on the Wynwood bar's TV.

Red wine barrel aged Monk's Revenge ($12), a Belgian IPA aged in red wine barrels will be "very interesting," according to Rodriguez. "A lot of breweries are starting barrel aging programs, experimenting with different barrels to get different results. I'm looking forward to seeing how much of the wine shows through in this brew."

The most intriguing beer to be served on Monday, however, has to be the Midnight Monk. Rodriguez explains that this Belgian-style black IPA ($8), without any added CO2, is "beer at its natural state." Ideally served between 60-70 degrees, the beer is rich with roasted malts, toasted sweetness, and some hoppiness.

The limited release Terrapin beers will be available starting Monday at 6 p.m. until the cask and taps run dry. Spike Buckowski will be behind the bar for at least a few hours, so get there early.

Follow Laine Doss on Twitter @LaineDoss and Facebook.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.