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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

5 Questions - WooHa Brewing Company

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The Scottish craft beer market is growing at a phenomenal rate with micro breweries popping up all over the country. In the past, getting your hands on some of these magnificent ales was a tricky task but thanks to the Craft Beer Clan, you can now pick up a wide range of artisan and small batch beers from the shelves of every Asda store in Scotland.
That's how I first stumbled upon WooHa Brewing Company, a microbrewery based in the Highland seaside town of Nairn. Established in 2014 with a desire to produce fresh and natural ales and lagers, WooHa Brewing Company made a decision to release its beers in bottle conditioned format. No filtration or forced carbonation is applied as they believe that a minimal amount of pressure should be used, instead WooHa choose to use science, temperature and time to create beers that are full of body and flavour.
Speaking of science, WooHa Brewing Company was founded by Heather McDonald, a former microbiologist who after a career in asset management decided to go back to her roots to set up Scotlands first all female run brewery.
I'm a big fan of WooHa's beers and it would seem that I'm not the only one - demand is high and as a result, their beers are readily available in France, Denmark, Germany, Spain and as of last month, you can also find their WooHa in Tennessee USA.
Keen to know more about this fledgling brewery, I got in touch and put my 5 Questions to Heather.
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Here's Heather's story;

How did you get started?

I’ve always been interested in the science of brewing and with a background in microbiology and finance starting a brewery seemed like a good choice… and a fun one.

What’s the best piece of business advice you could give?

Do your research! You may find opportunities in surprising places – similarly you may discover a great idea on paper won’t work in reality. Get as much information as you can before you start making any plans.

Where would you like to see your business in 5 years time?

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Well we’ve just launched in the USA with our first shipment arriving in Tennessee earlier this month so it would be great to see WooHa reaching further into the US. We have plans to expand into other states but who knows how far we’ll have reached by 2022!

If you could only have drink one of the beers that you brew, what would it be & why?

I asked everyone in the brewery office and we all had a different answer! My personal favourite is the Wheat – it’s got a lot of personality and I love the fact that ours is a proper wheat beer with 50% wheat in the malt bill.

​​You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal – Who would it be and why? …and what’s on the menu?

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It would need to be Richard Branson – it would be great to hear what pearls of wisdom he has from his years in business, and he looks like he’d appreciate a good beer. What would we eat? Well there’s a café local to the brewery called 112 on the Brae who recently made a chutney using our IPA so some of that with some local bread and cheese would be perfect.

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I would like to thank Heather for taking time out to answer 5 Questions and wish her and her team every success for the future.
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