Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Red Brick Whale Shark Wheat

Whale Shark Wheat by Red Brick Brewing Co.

Dubbed an American-style wheat ale, Whale Shark Wheat is the latest beer from Atlanta’s Red Brick Brewing Co.

Red Brick partnered with the Georgia Aquarium to create the limed edition offering with the goal of bringing attention to the Aquarium’s marquee species, the endangered whale shark, and a portion of sales will go towards the Aquarium’s whale shark research and preservation efforts.

Whale Shark will be available on draft at Red Brick and the Cafe Aquaria at Georgia Aquarium, and on shelves beginning the week of June 5 at Kroger, Whole Foods, Total Wine, Earth Fare and other select retail outlets.

Whale Shark Wheat will launch at 5 p.m. today with a party and brewery tour at Red Brick, featuring live music, the Peace of Pita food truck, and the chance to win a Journey with Gentle Giants swim with the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. Tickets $12 with $2 per ticket donated towards Georgia Aquarium’s whale shark research and preservation initiatives.
2323 Defoor Hills Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-355-5558, redbrickbrewing.com.

Beer Pick

Whale Shark Wheat
Red Brick Brewing Co.,
Available on draft and in six-pack cans at select retail outlets.

Profile

Dubbed an American-style wheat ale, Whale Shark Wheat is a limited edition collaboration with the Georgia Aquarium. Brewed with El Dorado, Sorachi Ace and some experimental hop varieties, it aims for an easy-drinking character, with a tropical hop aromas and flavors.

Overall, Whale Shark drinks a bit more like a pale ale than the typical German or Belgian wheat beer you might be expecting. Think Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. It has a hoppy presence, with fruity and herbal notes of lemon and dill, and a flash of bitterness in the finish.

Pair with

Match the hoppy flavors and aromas of Whale Shark with smoked salmon or trout, Thai green curry, or creamy pasta dishes such Alfredo or carbonara.

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