Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
A few years back I would have said that R.E.M. was Athens, Ga.’s greatest export. Then I realized I was letting them coast on the glory days of the ‘80s. Why give R.E.M. a pass when Athen’s Terrapin Beer Co. is doing great things right now? Every June, those turtle-loving brewers put together a monster hybrid of a beer called Monk’s Revenge, which they call an Imperial Belgian IPA. What that means is, it’s a monster 9.6 percent ABV brew that's hoppier than Michael Stipe on stage circa 1987, but fermented with a musty, musky Belgian yeast and tripel-like malt profile that turns the whole thing on its head. Let’s be honest: This is a hoppy tripel, but “Imperial IPA” plays much better in the marketplace. And that’s fine, because the most important thing is the beer itself. It’s a wild, weird combo that will challenge you. Give it a whirl before it’s gone. Monk’s Revenge is available at The Greeks Next Door for a limited time.