Wicked Weed to release World Cup beer series


PRESS RELEASE from Wicked Weed Brewing

Asheville, NC — With the start of the World Cup on June 12, Wicked Weed Brewing will release a series of beers inspired by traditional ingredients and/or beer styles from countries around the world. Wicked Weed Head Brewer Luke Dickinson has worked for months to source ingredients from around the world and has developed nine new beers that will be released over the next month.

“I was inspired by the idea of the whole world coming together for one event,” said Luke. “The World Cup gives us a unique opportunity to showcase beer styles from around the world and celebrate them in an interesting way.”

The styles and ingredients of each of the beers run the spectrum ranging from a take on Ethiopian Tej honey wine, to a traditional South American corn beer called Chicha, to a light pepper beer made with three varieties of hot peppers as a nod to Mexico.

“One interesting beer we are brewing is a Peruvian Chicha ale. It will be made with a variety of traditional spices including spearmint, cinnamon, and clove. Its a style of beer that varies greatly across regions of South America so nailing down one single recipe isn’t possible, a fact that gives us great flexibility. And to preemptively answer the inevitable question, no,” laughs Luke, “we aren’t going to chew the corn like Dogfish.”

Other notable ingredients include chanterelle mushrooms sourced from France for a French saison, limes and sugar cane paired to create a caipirinha-inspired beer and an English Bitter brewed with yeast that was brought back from the United Kingdom by brothers Luke and Walt Dickinson when they went to brew in England February 2014.

The World Cup series will be released over a time span of a few weeks, each week bringing on two to three new World Cup Series of Beers. The first tapping starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, to coincide with the kickoff of the Brazil and Croatia game. The schedule of beers is listed below along with their specific inspirations and ingredients of interest.

Week of June 12th:

Country of inspiration: Brazil

Concept: To create a Caipirinha inspired ale

Ingredients of interest: Sugar cane rods and lime zest from 30 pounds of limes

Country of Inspiration: France

Concept: A saison brewed with French hops, French yeast and French mushrooms, Chanterelles

Ingredients of interest: French Aramis hops, French saison yeast, and Chanterelles sourced from France

Week of June 19th:

Country of Inspiration: Mexico

Concept: A light, spicy beer brewed with cilantro.

Ingredients of interest: Anaheim, Fresno and Habanero chilies, and cilantro.

Country of Inspiration: Germany

Concept: Traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen made with two uncommon German hops.

Ingredients of interest: Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon hops and Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast

Country of Inspiration: Australia 

Concept: A 7% ABV ale brewed with 5 types of New Zealand or Australian hops and Lemon Myrtle.

Ingredients of interest: Orbit, Green Bullet, Wakatu, Pacific Gem and Pacific Jade hops and Lemon Myrtle.

Week of June 26th:

Country of Inspiration: England

Concept: An English bitter brewed with yeast brought back from Everards brewery in the UK when the Dickinson brothers brewed there last February.

Ingredients of interest:  East Kent Golding hops, Everards Brewery house strand of yeast and Maris Otter barley.

Country of inspiration: Peru

Concept:  Wicked Weed’s take on the local alcohol Peruvian Chicha with numerous traditional spices.

Ingredients of interest:  Corn and barley base with spearmint, cinnamon, clove and lemon zest.

Country of Inspiration: Ethiopia

Concept: Brew a beer based on Tej, a honey wine that originates in Ethiopia made with gesho root.

Ingredients of interest:  Gesho root and 300 pounds of Orange Blossom honey and Wild Blossom honey.


Wicked Weed Brewing is an Asheville, North Carolina based brewpub that consistently hosts 20+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel aged sour beers. Opened in December 2012, Wicked Weed is striving towards becoming the largest producer of barrel aged beers in the Southeastern US. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for 100% Brettanomyces Serenity Farmhouse Ale in 2013. In addition to Serenity, Wicked Weed is known for producing Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hop Burglar Blood Orange IPA, Dark Age Bourbon Stout and Black Angel Cherry Sour. Most recently, Wicked Weed began small scale statewide distribution of kegs as well as bottles of barrel aged sour beers to major metropolitans in North Carolina. Learn more at www.wickedweedbrewing.com and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WickedWeedBrewing.


About Gina Smith
Gina Smith is the Mountain Xpress Food section editor and writer. She can be reached at gsmith@mountainx.com.

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