For all of the football fans of both the University of Florida and the University of Georgia, the rivalry dates back as long as they can remember. Every year, the football game for these two southern states must be played on neutral ground in Jacksonville, half(ish) way between the two colleges. The rivalry is bitter, it divides friends and neighbors, brothers and sisters, and work colleagues alike, if only for one Saturday each year. While many beers are undoubtedly consumed in the wake of the UF/ UGA Football Game, now the rivalry has crossed the lines and united brewers from each city.
Now the craft breweries of both college towns, Athens, Georgia and Gainesville, Florida have put their beer in place of words and brewed a beer using local ingredients from both UGA’s home and UF’s home. Spike Buckowski, Terrapin’s Head Brewer, stepped into friendly enemy territory all the way to Gainesville to brew this beer with Swamp Head Brewery. This beer will be an English Bitter dubbed “Bitter Rivalry” and will be released in Jacksonville when the Gators and Bulldogs meet on November 2nd for this year’s installment of their rivalry. No word yet on distribution for the beer or further details.