Versatility and diversity in the Brewers’ Den
A diverse set of breweries will compete in the final of Imbibe Live’s Wheat Beer Challenge. Boss Brewing, Heavy Industry Brewing, Harviestoun, West Berkshire Brewery and The Little Beer Corporation will battle it out in the Brewers’ Den for the title of ‘Best Wheat Beer of 2016.’
From can to cask, zesty orange to herb-and-spice infused brews, the finalists of the competition have proven to be versatile and distinct from each other. Boss Bix, a herb and orange-infused witbier, scored for Boss Brewing, while Pigeon Toed Orange Peel, a cloudy hefeweissen featuring the novel hop, Mandarina Bavaria was the finalist from Heavy Industry Brewing. Harviestoun’s Wheat Beastie recipe included leaves of lemon verbena, lime and coriander. West Berkshire Brewing won a spot in the finals with Wheaty McWheatface, a moreish, sessionable British Wheat Beer, while The Little Beer Corporation reached the final with the zestily refreshing Running of the Bulls.
‘Worldwide, wheat beers have become a must-brew style for serious craft brewers who want to showcase their creative skills. But let’s brew local rather than import,’ said British Guild of Beer Writers’ chair, Tim Hampson. David Cunningham from There’s A Beer For That added, ‘This is a great competition, encouraging brewers to experiment, and it is this creativity which is underpinning the current beer renaissance.’