This week, Wild Heaven Craft Beers (Avondale Estates, GA) and The Wrecking Bar (Atlanta, GA) unveil a new collaboration. Just in time for Atlanta Beer Week 2012, the two breweries have created a Polish-style GrÃ¤tzer dubbed Wrecking Heaven. Before we get into the collab, let’s review what GrÃ¤tzer is.
GrÃ¤tzer is the German term for an indigenous Polish beer style called Grodziskie. You’ll see mention of the style in Polish brewing history through the late 1900’s. A GrÃ¤tzer is a top fermented smoked wheat beer. Why is there a German term for the name? Two reasons actually. GrÃ¤tzer is derived from the town of GrÃ¤tz, now known as Grodzisk in Poland. Historically, the brew contained a mix of Polish and German hops & wheat. The two breweries recreated this style, at the Wrecking Bar in Atlanta.
Wrecking Heaven’ is a GrÃ¤tzer, which is a little-known Polish style that is brewed with smoked wheat malt. We added the twist of some Special B malt as well as using Magnum and Nelson Sauvin hops. It clocks in at around 4.2% ABV and is a deliciously sessionable beer with smoky notes and a piney viniferous nose and finish. It is fermented with a Kolsch yeast and has a dry crispness through the finish with hints of tropical fruits and citrus.
This is Wrecking Bar’s first distributed beer. Tappings to follow.
Style: Smoked Wheat Beer (GrÃ¤tzer)
Availability: Draft only
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