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Sour Beer – “Sour” is not a recognized beer style, but with the growing popularity of this taste profile has been universally endorsed by beer drinkers worldwide.
Let us look back and understand where this beer comes from. This beer was first brewed in Belgium in the 18th century and is still brewed today. It is carefully crafted to achieve high levels of acidity – the foundation for the sour palette. The style contrasts lagers and ales, where you typically find bitter and sweet flavours.
This taste profile is extremely difficult to make. There are multiple ways to brew sours but the most common method is done by introducing in the fermentation process a bacteria (they are different types such as lactobacillus or pediococcus) that feed on sugars and produces acids. Some producers add fruit during the aging process to introduce different flavours.
Some of the most popular true sour beer styles include Lambic, Gose, Berliner Weisse, Flanders Red Ale, Gueuze, and Oud Bruin. Sour beers are a perfect pairing for your favourite summer barbecue meals. If you are looking to experience a different type of beer this summer, consider exploring these sour beer selections.
Beer Fact: The name says it all. This beer is tart with a dry finish and makes you pucker.
Beer Fact: Look for the unique labels for this beer. Artists from all over the world have the opportunity to submit their work to be selected on cans Collective Arts beer and receive credit for the art, $250 USD and a feature profile on their website. This brewery is known for their art initiatives and quality beer.
Beer Fact: A traditional Belgian lambic with the addition of sour cherries. They use fresh, not from concentrate, unsweetened cherry filtrate which they blend with lambic that is at least one year old before fermenting & macerating for up to 3 days and pasteurising the whole batch. So the corks don't pop!
Beer Fact: A traditional sour beer style – Berliner Weisse - with the addition fruit.
Beer Fact: This is one is a refreshingly tart, sweet, kettle-soured ale. Meaning the beer is soured in a stainless steel mash tun as opposed to some of the traditional sour beer styles that are aged in barrels and take on sour characteristics from it’s environment and natural process. Bright pink, brewed with Pomegranate, Hibiscus, Rosehip’s and Cranberry.