Weasel Boy Brewing Co. in Zanesville will release its Das Frettchen Oktoberfest and Bitter Sable Imperial Black IPA next week (Aug. 18) both at the brewpub and at draft accounts.
The brewery described Das Frettchen as "a rich malty beer brewed with imported Vienna and Munich malts and Newport and German Spalt Select hops. At 5 percent alcohol by volume and 17 IBUs, Das Frettchen is slightly lower in alcohol than many versions of the style but retains all of the smooth malty flavor that the style is know for."
Brewers Jay and Lori Wince said it's the sixth year that the brewery has released its Oktoberfest and it has grown in popularity each year.
"This year, we've made a little more than last so we hope to meet the demand our customers have created," brewmaster Jay Wince said in a prepared statement. "It's always a challenge to make enough but not too much."
Meanwhile, Bitter Sable is becoming so popular that it could become a year-round offering by the end of the year, the brewery said. The beer is 8 percent ABV, with an IBU in the 90s.
"We started making our Bitter Sable about five years ago, just before the black IPA craze really hit," Jay Wince said. "The beer has been wildly popular with our brewpub customers and draft accounts. It stands apart from many of the black IPA beers in that it is an imperial and has a lot more malt balance to all of the hops. We like to think that makes it more approachable and balanced than many."