Name: 2 year unblended Foeder No. 84
Brewery: Brouwerij Boon, Lembeek, Belgium
First tried: Gipsy Hill Brewery Taproom, London
Still and oaky traditional Lambic, in a great environment. Would visit this Taproom again.
Race: Stur Half / Sturminster Newton Half Marathon
Distances: 5k or Half Marathon
Course: Roads / Paths, undulating with a few inclines
Weather: Hot and sunny, with very little shade
Nutrition stations: 7 water stations, some with SIS gels, oranges, sweets
I enjoyed the race, it was well organised and the nutrition stations were excellent. Some people camped at the finish area, there were food vans a portable toilets. The start line is 0.7 miles from the finish area, where there is plenty of parking available. Every participant was given a small microfibre towel as a momento, bananas, drinks and flapjack bars.
Name: Cherry Sour
Brewery: Buxton Brewery, Buxton, England
First tried: Pint @ Star and Garter, Bromley
Sour, juicy, cherry flavoured beer. So fruity it tastes like fruit juice.
Name: Just Clowning
Brewery: Wild Weather, Manchester, England
Type: Dry Hopped Berliner Weisse
First tried: Pint @ Taproom, Deptford
“Dry hopped with Jester, Ekuanot and Citra Hops” makes for an earthy and rich tasting beer with a classic berliner taste. Not my favourite, but perhaps a good one for someone who prefers to border between a classic beer and sour taste.
Name: Epic Saison
Brewery: The Wild Beer Co, Somerset, England
Type: Saison, Farmhouse Ale
First tried: 330ml bottle @ Dulwich Beer Dispensary
This has quite a strong ale flavour and hoppy scent, with light after-notes of a Saison. This one isn’t for me but might be for someone who likes different types of beer and might want to dip their toe into the sour / Saison pond.
Name: Bière de Saison
Brewery: The Kernel Brewery, London, England
Type: Damson Saison
First tried: 1/2 pint @ Little Faith, Deptford
A very light flavoured saison with a gentle damson flavour. Refermented with 350g of British damsons per litre for four months! I wanted to try this Sour ever since seeing that Kernel brewed a sour beer in this Telegraph article.
Brewery: Pressure Drop, Tottenham, England
Type: Spring Seasonal Sour
First tried: 1/2 pint @ Taproom, Deptford
This is a light, dry, fruity sour. Full of rhubarb, red currant and lemon verbena. The brewers describe it as light and sherberty.