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Starr Hill Brewery and Terrapin Beer Company Collaborate on “GAVA Joe”


Mark and Spike (Photo from Starr Hill Brewery)

Mark and Spike (Photo from Starr Hill Brewery)

Feb. 25, 2014

A Charlottesville brewery announces it is teaming up a beer-maker out of Georgia.

Starr Hill Brewery is collaborating with Athens-based brewery Terrapin Beer Company to create a Belgian-style espresso stout called “GAVA Joe.”

Pronounced “java,” this collaboration beer is inspired by the longtime friendship between the two brewmasters, Mark Thompson and Spike Buckowski. .

“Terrapin and Starr Hill started up around the same time, and Spike and I have been friends for years. When it came time to do a collaboration beer, it was a no-brainer to do one with Terrapin,” said Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer.

“Collaborating with other brewers is very rewarding for me,” says Brewmaster Buckowski. “Partnering with Starr Hill for this collaboration not only involves two great breweries, but two great coffee roasters as well.”

GAVA Joe will be a medium-bodied stout weighing in around 6.9% alcohol by volume. It will be fermented with a Belgian yeast strain and will feature espresso from two coffee roasters local to each brewery: Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters of Charlottesville, and Jittery Joe’s Coffee of Athens.

“We’re planning to collaborate on a signature blend of espresso for this special beer,” says Dave Fafara, owner of Shenandoah Joe. “It’s an honor to collaborate with the folks from Jittery Joe’s—it’ll be a blast.”

Christian Hampton, a roaster at Jittery Joe’s Coffee, says he’s “looking forward to trying the finished product.”

Just 150 barrels of GAVA Joe will be brewed, and it will be available in draft only (1/6 and 1/2 barrel kegs) with a release date of April 1st.

Thompson and Buckowski will host several “Meet The Brewers” events in Charlottesville leading up to the collaboration brew day:
- Saturday, March 1st at 5:00 p.m., Starr Hill and Terrapin will take over the taps at Beer Run, with each brewery showcasing six beers.
- Sunday, March 2nd at 1:00 p.m., the two brewers will host Beer School at Sedona Taphouse.
- Monday, March 3rd, Starr Hill and Terrapin will take over the taps at Mellow Mushroom.

Starr Hill Brewery was founded in 1999 by Mark Thompson and Kristin Dolan in Charlottesville. Starr Hill is one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast and is distributed in ten states.


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