HOLGATE BREWHOUSE BEER RELEASE
WITS END -WHITE IPA
‘Our Brewer assures us that “At Wit’s End” is not named for the emotional response he gave when; during the busy lead up to Summer months & with Holgate’s new brewery in the middle of its commissioning phase, he was tasked with producing a Spring time seasonal.
Rather it is a reference to this hybrid style of two beers, a Belgian Wit & an American IPA, taking the former to the end of its spectrum – that is – amped unto 6.5% abv & with a lash more bitterness than you would expect from a true-to-style, more delicate, example. With more body too & a lot of complimentary citrus notes from the late kettle & dry hop additions, this White IPA takes elements from both styles & a lot of emotional exhaustion to bring you a beer with bold Tangerine aroma, a creamy yet light wheat malt body & a vibrant orange and spice finish to refresh ones palate in these warmer Spring nights / testing times..’
WHITE IPA HISTORY
The White IPA is basically a marriage of two distinct beer styles; the American IPA with its high hop character and the wheat-based Belgian Wit with its refreshing and spicy presence. So, what brought these two unique beer styles, which seem to have so little in common, together?
Appropriately, it was a collaboration between two craft brewers that created the style. In 2010, Larry Sidor, the brewmaster at Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery, and Belgian-born Steven Pauwels, brewmaster at Boulevard Brewing, got together to develop a collaboration recipe. Deschutes was known for its hoppy brews, while Boulevard was known for playing in the wheat fields. They decided to combine their respective strengths and create something totally new. Just to see what would happen.
After they’d hammered out the details of their experimental recipe — which included additions of lemongrass, white sage, coriander, and orange peel — each brewer went home and produced their own version of the beer. Deschutes called theirs Conflux Series No. 2 and Boulevard’s was simply named Collaboration No. 2 under their Smoke House Series. The two renditions, though born of the same exact recipe, came out quite different. A buzz in the beer world began to simmer around this collaboration. A buzz that was impossible to stop, especially once craft beer drinkers started to go out of their way to hunt down one or — striking the lucky mother lode — both of these new brews.
They were a hit! And soon after, countless other craft breweries followed this first collaborative example, creating their own recipes for this still unnamed style. Like all brewers, the recipe was tweaked, refined and perfected. Thus, a new beer style was born.
Five years later, the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) officially recognized White IPA as a new style within their release of the 2015 style guidelines, making it an official addition to the craft brewing family.
WHERE WILL YOU FIND THE WITS END – WHITE IPA?
The Wits End – White IPA is a keg only release with a full list of venues to be confirmed.
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