O'so Brewing Company - Hop Whoopin'
- Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 95
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
- Suggested Glassware: Tulip or Pint Glass
- Malts: 2-Row
- Hops: Summit, CTZ, Nugget
In the beer world, the term "S.M.A.S.H." refers to Single Malt And Single Hop brews. With Hop Whoopin', O'so turned the phrase on its head a bit, as they describe this IPA as "Single Malt and All Sorts of Hops." We have to say, it's pretty accurate. Hop Whoopin' pours a bright golden color with a white cap of sticky foam. Our bottles had a decent amount of yeast sediment, which is normal with bottle-conditioned beers; feel free to rouse it up, or, pour carefully to leave it behind. In the aroma, look for juicy, fruity notes with some tropical character. We picked up soft pineapple, mango, and floral tones, overlaid with sharper citric and spicy-herbal-piney notes. On the palate, copious amounts of 2-row pale malt (and no other malts) provide a very clean and satisfying core structure while avoiding deeper, caramel-like flavors. There's strong hop bitterness – 95 IBUs is Double IPA territory – but the generous malt contribution does a surprisingly good job as a counterpoint to the bold hops and their spicy, drying character. Those hops hang on in the finish, which is dry as a bone and long-lingering with a bitter bite. Cheers!
O’so Brewing Company, in the small village of Plover, Wisconsin, has quietly become one of the very best breweries in the state, and we're very excited to have the opportunity to work with them this month. O’so was founded in 2007 by husband-and-wife team Marc and Katina Buttera, who both grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It took a whole lot of steps in-between to get O’so up and running, as Marc and Katina raised two young children while working and going to school (which is pretty badass, let’s be real). Marc earned a degree in mechanical design and Katina earned hers in accounting, and, after establishing their careers and even moving their family away to Tennessee (for Marc to take a promotion at the foundry he worked for), they realized that something was missing.
As these stories often go: homebrewing soon changed everything. After moving back to the middle of Wisconsin, the couple opened up Point Brew Supply (a beer- and winemaking supply shop) as a side project, which gradually transitioned into a five-year plan to also open O’so Brewing. In the period since, both entities have grown in leaps and bounds. O’so has been one of the fastest growing breweries in the state; their year-round The Big O wheat ale won gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015, and their hoppy and sour releases, especially, have made them one of the most influential breweries in Wisconsin. Should you happen to find yourself anywhere near the center of Wisconsin, O’so Brewery’s Tap House offers up an exceptional selection of the brewery’s house beers along with a surprising number of beers from all around the state. As O’so puts it, “Our mission as a Tap House is to promote a ton of great Wisconsin beer.” So: 40 taps in total, including 20–25 of their own, and the Tap House regularly highlights members of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. For more info on O’so, upcoming Tap House events and more, call 715-254-2163 or visit www.osobrewing.com.
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