Beer Me Bi-weekly - Pucker-up!
Sours. Sweetly punched and packed with flavorful mouthfuls of puckering fruit like cherries to unique spices like cardamom or fennel. Brew masters are always looking for new ways to push this style. Surprisingly, sours have been among us for quite some while now and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
A Great example of a Belgium Sour available @ Bottle Jockey
In Belgium, they knew how to break the rules. Germany and much of eastern Europe developed the purity law meaning all beer must be made with the four key ingredients; malt, yeast, water and hops. Belgians threw that out the window when they first started brewing beers that were unlike anyone had ever seen. Saison, Kriek, Oud Bruins are all examples of traditional Belgium styles and unique in their own way.
That being said, here’s a quick description acquired from http://www.thefirstpint.com:
Kreik, Framboise + Other Fruit Lambics
"This beer is and sometimes can be called a 'freak of nature'. As much as I'd like to get into the details of how to brew this magical brew, it certainly is a very intricate and delicate process when making Lambics. The beer itself is produced by 'spontaneous fermentation’ that allows the beer to have its sour and very obscure flavour profiles. Aged up to 3 years, this complex ale exhibits fruit flavour as well as tart, acidic, earthy and barnyard-like traits."
All in all, sours will always be changing and developing much like our pallettes. For the next few years, Vancouver will see some amazing things. Strange Fellows, Steel & Oak and Yellow Dog are som breweries to keep in mind as they will be doing some great things in the near future.
That's it for me! Have a great week and talk to you soon!
Anthony, Beer Coordinator
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