WooHa Brewing Company - Wheat Beer
- ABV: 6.2%
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
- Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass, Pint Glass
We knew we were in for a bit of a rarer take on a wheat beer from the start of the pour, as our glasses filled with a richer amber hue than we typically get with most beers in the broad wheat beer family. It's a bit reminiscent of a dunkel weizen, although it does not smell or taste like one. Unfiltered and hazy with a robust cap of tight-bubbled, long-lasting foam, this ale looks very inviting. In the aroma department, look for notes of caramelized malt overlaid with spicy and zesty citric hops. Brewed with a 50-50 blend of wheat and barley malts, this ale provides plenty of toasty bread, caramel, and rich wheat as a malty backbone, easily balanced by bright and vivid hops delivering citrusy notes akin to pink grapefruit and orange, plus a touch of spice, some woodiness, and a bit of floral character. Try pairing with a grilled salmon dish, or tacos al pastor. Cheers!
When we think of the British brewing industry, often the first things to come to mind are famous English brands and styles. But Scotland boasts a rich brewing tradition too, though it is perhaps overshadowed in the minds of many consumers by the country's world-renowned distilled spirits. Fortunately, the natural features that make Scotland an excellent producer of whisky, such as pure water and superb grain, also lend themselves to the production of exceptional beer. Indeed, the brewing and distilling processes are very similar at certain stages.
Founded in 2014, with the first drops of beer flowing in spring of 2015, WooHa Brewing Company is a relatively new Scottish brewing venture located along the coast of the Scottish Highlands. The brainchild of Heather McDonald, WooHa was an all-female brewery in its earliest days. Born in Alaska, McDonald grew up living in a variety of places around the world due to her parents' work for the US government. After studying microbiology and virology, her early adulthood found her employed by the Navy Medical Research Center where she worked on a vaccine for dengue hemorrhagic fever. Not content to rest on her laurels, she decided to expand her opportunities by studying international business, ultimately achieving a masters degree in finance & investment management from Scotland's University of Aberdeen. It was there, in Scotland, that she became inspired to take her interest in brewing and turn it into a full-fledged business. What better way to merge her interest in science, and microbiology specifically, with her business acumen?
Since hitting the market in 2015, WooHa has seen impressive growth, with exports now reaching Denmark, Belgium, Spain, and a few locations in Tennessee. WooHa's overarching theme is the production of truly natural beer – a reflection of the natural environment of the rugged Scottish Highlands that the brewery calls home. All WooHa beers are bottle-conditioned (re-fermented in the bottle to produce carbonation, as opposed to forced carbonation), unfiltered, and free of any clarifying chemicals or additives like isinglass. As such, they are vegan-friendly. We're excited to have the opportunity to introduce this upstart Scottish brewery to a wider American audience and hope you enjoy their beers as much as we did. Cheers!
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