The Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs meet annually in Jackonsville in what’s known to fans as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. The universities have since done away with that title, but a couple of microbreweries are fully embracing it.
Swamp Head Brewery, out of Gainesville, FL, and Terrapin Beer Co., located in Athens, GA, have collaborated to bring the rivalry just what it’s been missing: Its very own beer.
This is music to the ears of Gators and Bulldogs, alike. Both breweries have become favorites among the fan bases.
The beer has been termed “Bitter Rivalry,” and is an English Bitter Ale brewed with oranges and peaches.
Swamp Head describes the process behind how the beer came about:
Since our inception, we have thought “It would be fun to do a beer with our friends at Terrapin for the Florida Georgia game in Jacksonville.” Four years of conversations later, here we are…
Initial conversations with our brewers and Spike yielded many ideas, but the one that kept coming up was to use fruit from our home states in a brew that was two breweries coming together to brew and release a beer in a market where, although friendly, there is competition amongst us. Oh yeah, and there’s that football game thing, too. The end result was the choice to brew an English Bitter with Georgia Peaches and Florida Oranges and call it “Bitter Rivalry.”
Since the beer would be released during Florida Georgia weekend and mostly in the Jacksonville market, it had to be sessionable. So, we ended up with a low ABV and decided to keep the peaches and oranges as a subtlety, leaving us with a very drinkable, session English Bitter with light tones of peach and citrus. We had a ton of fun with Spike, here at Swamp Head, brewing the beer. We ate Hogan’s sandwiches, joked around about all of the fun stuff that happens in our breweries, and yes, we brewed a great beer. Come have a beer with us at one of our release events that will feature Bitter Rivalry and a ton of our other year round and limited beers…
According to Swamp Head, there are several Florida-Georgia events taking place around Jacksonville where fans can get a taste of the beer. Distribution will begin on Thursday, Oct. 31 for a select number of locations, which you can view here.