Grand Teton Brewing Company - Howling Wolf Weisse Bier

Grand Teton Brewing Company - Howling Wolf Weisse Bier

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Alcohol by Volume:

5.0%

Grand Teton Brewing Company - Howling Wolf Weisse Bier

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 14
  • Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
  • Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass
  • Malts: Idaho 2-Row, CaraHell, Pale Malted Wheat
  • Hops: German Tradition
This Bavarian-style Hefeweizen pours a pleasant golden color with a fluffy cap of white foam. Expect plenty of haze from the yeast in suspension within this unfiltered brew. On the nose, we found it certainly displayed a true-to-style German character, offering up some nice spicy and peppery tones from the yeast and hops, along with big clove notes. There’s plenty of tangy wheat along with an earthy, grassy hop contribution, and a touch of bubblegum. Look for the bubblegum to be a bit more apparent on the palate, along with some hints of banana. There’s plenty of malt in this brew, lending a little bit more sweetness than some other weissbiers, and a moderate bready character. Lemony acidity cuts the sweetness well, while the grassy/herbal and spicy notes come through nicely as well. Try it with a grilled chicken salad with mandarin oranges, fish tacos with mango salsa, wiener schnitzel, or mild Indian dishes.

Charlie Otto was a well-respected area homebrewer when demand for his hand-crafted beers quickly grew to the point where he began thinking about starting his own commercial enterprise. But because Wyoming did not issue licenses to homebrewers, Charlie had to challenge the law. Through an ambitious effort, he ultimately helped get a bill passed which would allow him to start selling his beer commercially. In 1988, he secured the first malt beverage manufacturer’s permit issued in the state in over 35 years. Along with his brother Ernie, the pair founded the Otto Brothers' Brewing Company, officially the first modern microbrewery in Wyoming.

So, have you ever been to a local brewery or brewpub and had a “growler” filled with beer to take home? Thank these guys for that experience. In 1989 they rediscovered a long-forgotten container, a European, lidded tin pail originally used to transport beer from the tavern at which it was purchased. The Otto Brothers' Brewing Company reintroduced it in a modern, 64-ounce glass jug version.
These trailblazers then took on the law again to bring about the legalization of brewpubs in the Cowboy State in 1992, opening Wyoming's first brewpub. It brought a surge in popularity to the Otto Brothers' beer lineup, leading the brothers Otto to build their current brewery at the base of Teton Pass in Victor, Idaho, in 1998. The move prompted renaming it the Grand Teton Brewing Company. The site was chosen for its proximity to locally-grown barleys and Northwestern hops, as well as nearby Teton Glacier water.

Given the natural beauty of the region, it makes sense that the brewery went “green” in 2005; everything from the heat that fires their brew kettles, to their hot water, to their building heat comes from use of biodiesel. They’ve kept with their vision of creating beers as majestic and beautiful as the National Parks that they celebrate. Seriously, these are magnificently crafted beers; we just love everything that this brewery does. For more information about the brewery or scheduled tours, call 888-899-1656, or visit their website at www.GrandTetonBrewing.com.

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