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Aine, the latest member of the team, joined us at the start of the year as a process brewer and here she explains her position and her responsibilities.

As the process brewer my main responsibilities are to organise our new brewery and to ensure we are currently working in the most effective ways we can. I also help with what ever else needs to be done, but when I’m in the brew house I do tend to slow things down, my spent grain handling skills are not what they used to be.

What brought you to Wicklow Wolf?
I was very impressed with what the brewery has achieved in its short life as well as the variety and high quality of the beers they produce. Who wouldn’t want to be involved!

What got you into brewing?
Nope, I never home brewed. I got into brewing when I went to college. I studied Biotechnology at DCU which was  half genes, half fermentation science. I was lucky enough to be placed into the Harp brewery in Dundalk for my college placement and it was there I realised  I loved brewing. As a result I continued on to Heriot -Watt University in Edinburgh to do my masters in brewing and distilling and I’ve never looked back.

Favourite beer style?
It depends on the weather. It depends on the day. Mostly I go for Stouts and Porters.

Favourite brewery?
I cant pick one, so many have great beers!

Best thing about working in a brewery?
The variety of the work and the fact so much of it is hands-on. I also love the passion and pride among the team.

We’ve some great news for UK based members of our pack. ZOSO, our SMaSH red IPA, is coming to BrewDog bars across the UK in time for St Patrick’s Day. Like Brew Dog we’re passionate about brewing great beer because if it’s made better, it tastes better. Our passion shows in every brew and that’s why we’re excited to send our first ever canned beer to the UK as BrewDog serve up the best of Irish beer. ZOSO will feature alongside other great beers from fellow Irish brewers YellowBelly and Boundry Brewing  in the following bars:

London
BrewDog Camden
BrewDog Shoreditch
BrewDog Shepperd’s Bush
BrewDog Soho
BrewDog Clapham Junction

Rest of  the UK
BrewDog Glasgow (DogHouse Merchant City)
BrewDog Aberdeen
BrewDog Leeds
BrewDog Birmingham
BrewDog Brighton
BrewDog Liverpool
BrewDog Manchester
BrewDog Newcastle
BrewDog Norwich
BrewDog Cardiff

So UK beer drinkers, if a Wolf hasn’t cross your path yet, grab a can of our latest beer and welcome to the pack!

 

ZOSO Smash IPA is the latest limited edition Wolf to be released from the brewery and the reaction from people at the Alltech Brews Fair suggests it’s going to be another popular one. But what exactly is a Smash IPA?

Smash stands for Single Malt and Single Hop. The idea is to break down brewing to its basic elements in order to highlight the flavour of a single malt and a single hop. For us it was a great experience brewing it. For the beer drinkers it allows you to appreciate and understand what one hop and one malt can bring to a beer. This form of brewing doesn’t suit every beer style and works best with IPAs, lagers such as Pilsner and Vienna, Saisons and Dunkels.

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Rather than packing our latest IPA with a wide variety of hops we went back to basics to deliver a unique, intense beer. With only two ingredients brewers need to choose wisely in order to deliver a flavoursome beer and we’ve done just that. We ventured high into the Colorado Rocky Mountains to get our hands on a small batch of ZOSO Hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm, who’ve been harvesting this unique hop for only two years. In fact ZOSO is the only beer brewed in Europe with the hop of the same name!

We then headed East to Germany for RED-X, a special base malt from Best Malz, which delivers the malty backbone to balance the intense hopping.

This sunset red tinted beer is our first canned beer and comes in at ALC 5.2% and 53 IBU’s with unique notes of tangerine and sweet grapefruit and resiny bitterness. As for the name, ZOSO was the ancient name for Saturn, and we think you’ll agree this beer is out of this world!

 


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