Friday, December 21, 2012

Food & Beer Friday :: Peanut butter & beer.

While I'm off in Mexico, I thought I'd leave you with a delectable beer to enjoy for your holidays.  I was thrilled when Niki tweeted me about this beer!

You read that right!  This Terrapin Liquid Bliss is a chocolate peanut butter porter!  Whoa!  Terrapin holds a special place in my heart being that we are from Athens, and D has a very special affiliation with the company.  When we were last in Georgia for Thanksgiving, I was able to try this beer for the first time in its freshest form.  On tap at the brewery.

On my initial tasting, this beer was all I ever wanted and more.  The aroma is all about peanut butter.  This delicious aroma definitely adds to the amazing flavors of the beer itself.  The beer is chocolately & not overwhelming.  One important factor: do not get this confused with a stout!  It is not supposed to be thick & creamy.  Porters are much thinner.  Terrapin believes that the porter based better supports the bold peanut butter & chocolate flavors.  I think it makes the beer much more drinkable (read: easy to put down quite a few) whereas stouts can often be too big to drink more than one at a time.

Terrapin's Side Project beers are a line of "experimental" beers that have never been brewed before and in theory are one-time releases.  In reality, a few of the Side Project beers have been put into Terrapin's regular rotation (once upon a time, Gamma Ray, and currently Pumpkinfest, amongst others).  This experimental beer was specially brewed with two types of peanuts: peanut butter and boiled green peanuts (boiled at the brewery!).  Add in cocoa nibs for the chocolate flavor, and it's perfection.

After being able to have Liquid Bliss on draft in a few spots in Raleigh, I'm still in love.  I honestly think this is the beginning of a rivalry between the Bliss & Wake N Bake for my number one favorite beer.  I feel like I detect a bit of a difference in flavors between the bottled version and draft version of this brew.  D says draft is always better, so try it on draft if you are so lucky (not sure how far north kegs are distributed, but I know it's available in some parts of Virginia).  If the best you can do is a bottle, just fucking do it.  I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed.  I plan to drink as much of this beer as I can get my little hands on!



What beers will get you through the holidays?

Have a happy holiday my friends!  D and I will be on the road practically through the 31st, but I have some really awesome things on the horizon.  I can't wait to share my holiday DIYs, Mexico pictures (assuming the world doesn't end ;)), 2012 recaps (what an amazing year for me), and BIG resolutions for 2013.


Hallie @ Life:Oceanside said...

ohhh myyy gosh!
trying this TONIGHT!
sounds so nummy!

have a good trip, I am so jealous:)
& have a Verry Merry Christmas!

Niki Caron said...

I am so excited to try this on New Years now! I was wondering how the peanut butter would work, but now that makes sense that it's got chocolate in it too! I can see why it's a porter, I can imagine a stout may be too much - too thick, and maybe overwhelming! Thanks for the review!!!

Jorie said...

ooooh my goodness, these look delicious! peanut butter and craft beer are two of my favorites!


Alex said...

Well THAT looks DELIGHTFUL! Gimme gimme!

Mimi said...

i don't really drink beers, but this one sounds delicious! :D

<3, Mimi


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