VETERAN Scottish brewery Harviestoun has launched what is said to be Scotland’s first alcohol-free dark ale.
Wheesht is described as a 0% ABV “dark ruby ale, complemented with aromas of chocolate, biscuit and dried fruit”. And it is said to offer “a smooth mouthfeel with a soft lingering bitterness”.
Amy Cockburn, head brewer at Harviestoun Brewery, said Wheesht was two years in the making and “has been a real challenge for the brew team as it is nothing like we have brewed before”.
“We wanted to create a no-alcohol beer that was full of flavour and aroma,” she said.
“It has taken us a while to perfect, but we are there. Roasted malt and oats create a really nice background that gives body and hints of sweet dried fruit. This is complemented by the fruity, spicy aromas of the hops.”
Wheesht follows the launch, earlier this year, of low-alcohol beer Whippet.
The 2.3% ABV beer is described by the brewery as a pale ale which is “lower ABV and full in flavour”.
It is said to offer “a subtle complexity with fruit, spicy, floral and malt characters, all rounded with a bitter aftertaste”.