Weasel Boy Brewing Co. in Zanesville will release three hop-oriented beers and a summer fruit beer this month (June).
War Dance Wheat IPA will be available at the brewpub and in the Columbus market starting next week. War Dance is a wheat-based India pale ale finished with Cascade and Saaz hops. It's 5.4 percent alcohol by volume and 40 IBU. Brewers Jay and Lori Wince described it as "a great summer IPA that drinks crisp and light in body with a pleasant bitterness, hop flavor and aroma."
The brewery also will release Weasel Meets Dog English-style IPA, Wiley Wolverine Rye Pale Ale and Weasel Paw Pawpaw Pale Ale in time for Ohio Brew Week, which runs from June 21 to 29.
Weasel Meets Dog is a 7 percent English-style IPA with a malt profile and caramel flavors. It features English Target, Challenger and Fuggle hops. "The earthy and floral character of the English hops is a nice departure from the big American C-hop IPAs," the Winces said in a statement.
Wiley Wolverine is a 5 percent rye pale ale brewed with 20 percent rye malt and a lot of Centennial hops. The beer features the crisp rye character and a firm bitterness and pleasing citrusy hop flavor and aroma, the Winces said.
Weasel Paw Pawpaw Pale ale is a 4 percent brew based on an English best bitter that has 25 pounds per barrel of Ohio pawpaw fruit. The smooth mango/banana flavor of the pawpaws provide great balance to the soft English hops and balancing malt character, they said.
Given the number of high-alcohol "hop bombs" available, Jay Wince said he wanted to provide a few lower alcohol alternatives. "To me, it's all about achieving balance of character between the ingredients," he said. "I like to be hit with a big flavor blast as well as anyone but when drinking a few over the course of an evening with friends, it's nice to have some modest ABV beers to fall back on."