Orange might be the new black, but sometime in February, Black is the New Wit.
New Belgium Brewing and Terrapin Beer Co. are for a collaborating new wit beer. On Dec. 11, Terrapin will welcome Peter Bouckaert, head brewmaster of New Belgium, at its Athens, Ga.-based brewery to complete the second batch Black is the New Wit ahead of its February release.
On Oct. 20, Terrapin co-founder Brian “Spike” Buckowski traveled to New Belgium’s Fort Collins, Colo. brewery to brew the first batch.
The 8.2 percent ABV witbier incorporates six different malts along with lemon drop, Mandarina Bavaria and Sorachi Ace hops, coriander and bitter orange peel into the brew. The breweries say the dark color of the final beer was achieved by using both dehisced roasted barley and black wheat in the mash. The beers are identical with the exception of how they were aged. New Belgium’s version is being aged on cedar, while Terrapin will include sassafras in the aging.
“Peter (Bouckaert) and I have been wanting to do a collaboration for about three years now,” said Buckowski in a post on the brewery’s website. “We originally wanted to brew something with muscadine, but the timing didn’t line up right. We kicked around a couple of ideas like a Baltic porter that didn’t really have a dark color, but got its dark flavor from wood. From that popped out the idea of doing an imperial black wit brewed with rye and aged on cedar.”
This is the second version of the wit to be brewed, as the first edition was brewed on October 20 when Buckowski travelled to New Belgium brewing.
Black is the New Wit will be released in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in Feb. 2015 and will be available throughout Terrapin’s entire distribution network.