West Berkshire Brewery (WBB) has released 800 bottles of ‘Ooh La La’, a limited edition Belgian style Dubbel, brewed to celebrate their milestone 20th year.
This special ale was hand-crafted from start to finish and brewed using British hops and malts and Belgian yeast. Champagne yeast was then added during a secondary fermentation. Four months maturation in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels provided a softening effect allowing notes of vanilla and spice to complement the fruit and malt flavours of the beer.
Continuing with the French theme, local artist Camilla Sopwith was engaged to draw an elegant ‘Toulouse Lautrec’ inspired label and wrap.
This latest addition to the range tops off an unprecedented year for the brewery. Led by renowned international brewing entrepreneur, David Bruce, WBB has seen annual sales grow by 20%, they won two awards presented by the International Beer Challenge, they launched a second line, Renegade Brewery, aimed at the craft beer market and also raised £2.6m via the Enterprise Investment Scheme to fund future developments in the brewery.
WBB plans to satisfy growing beer volumes with a larger brewing facility replete with visitor centre, café and a brewery shop, as well as state-of-the-art bottling, kegging and canning lines. The firm will also purchase its first freehold pub to serve as a showcase for its beers.
Head brewer, Will Twomey, the creator of Ooh La La, said, “This beer marks an auspicious occasion for WBB. I thoroughly enjoyed creating a beer which affirms our ongoing commitment to preserving traditional brewing methods even while adding our own twist to this classic style.”