Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, Georgia) has brought their All American Imperial Pilsner out of retirement for the 2012 election season and, in the spirit of democracy, they have opened up a vote for you to bring back an additional retired beer for a limited run in 2013.
All American Imperial Pilsner (AAIP) was previously a member of the original Monster Beer Tour, a lineup of bigger beers released seasonally each year, but it was phased out several years ago to make room for brews that were higher in demand. To ease the pain of the die-hard fans of AAIP, Terrapin vowed to bring the beer out of retirement every four years during the U.S. presidential election season. AAIP stays true to Terrapin’s theme of adding their twist to traditional styles by taking on the traditional German Pilsner but mixing it up with American ingredients and panache. Here is the full brewery description of the beer:
Back in office for a limited term comes our All-American Imperial Pilsner! What better way to celebrate Election Year 2012 than to bring back this throwback from our original Monster Beer Tour lineup? This big imperial represents a classic German style but with that All-American flair. The US hops lend the beer a fruity, citrusy flavor which is artfully balanced with the malt to give this brew a dry, drinkable appeal.
AAIP weighs in at 8.7% ABV and 80 IBUs, and I believe this is the biggest this beer has ever been in either of those departments. AAIP started hitting shelves a couple weeks ago and should now be available in most of Terrapin’s distribution area which includes Birmingham and most of Alabama.
In addition to the temporary reinstatement of AAIP, it seems Terrapin has gotten so wrapped up in the spirit of democracy and the electoral process that they have opened up a poll of their own. From now until November 6, you can go to their website to vote for your favorite, retired Terrapin brew to be brought back for a limited run in 2013. The list consists of 25 beers that were either past Side Projects, special releases, collaborations, or beers from over time that simply found themselves retired. Make your voice heard by simply clicking here and logging your vote.
Keep an eye out for All American Imperial Pilsner in four packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer friendly retailers, bars, and restaurants in Birmingham and the rest of the state. It will make the perfect beer to sip in celebration of democracy in U.S. politics and also in the Terrapin’s brewery. Prost!