Name: English Strawberry Sour
Brewery: Chorlton Brewing Co, Manchester, England
First tried: 1/2 pint @ Star and Garter, Bromley
Delicious tart sour on par with all Chorlton sours. Great strawberry fragrance and strong strawberry aftertaste.
Name: Sour Suzy
Brewery: Lervig, Stavanger, Norway
Type: Berliner Weisse
First tried: 330ml from The Offy, Whitstable
Brewed using a traditional German technique of sour mashing. This is light, refreshing, almost has a biscuity taste and a citrus aroma from the kafir lime leaves. According to Ratebeer.com it could be “paired with: seafood (white fish, mussels, crab) or as a palate cleanser between dishes.”
Name: Tzatziki Sour
Brewery: Mad Hatter, Liverpool, England
Type: Berliner Weisse Kettle Sour
First tried: on tap at The Star & Garter, Bromley
This is a great beer, it’s light, tart and super refreshing. It tastes exactly like a Tzatziki flavoured light sour. Sadly Mad Hatter ceased trading but I was lucky enough to pick up a few cans from the local. 10/10.
Brewery: Three Legs Brewing Co, Broad Oak, England
First tried: Three Legs Brewing Co Taproom
This made me smile at the first sip, warming, light, citrus, blonde and champagne notes. Great to have on sunny day, but if you like a sour then choose this any day of the week.
The guys at TLB have a wonderful taproom, set up with easygoing music, full of plants, tasty wines and a tasty selection of local cheese and charcuterie. I tried all of the beers they had on tap and enjoyed every single one; I also bought a few bottles to take home. I will be back!
Thanks to Sam for sharing the label with me, it eloquently describes the brewing process and how they’ve achieved such a unique flavour.
Name: Gose with Guava
Brewery: Collective Arts, Ontario, Canada
First tried: 473ml can from The Offy, Whitstable
Brewed with fresh guava purée and a hint of pink Himalayan salt. This is tart, fruity, sweet yet also sour. Only available in the Summer.
I have been enjoying sour beer for a few years now and I’m starting to understand different types of brewing and tastes.
The traditional Belgian sours are aged and fermented over months or years, where as newer souring techniques have been developed around the world for a quicker process to develop the sour taste.
I did a comparison of a traditional and modern sour:
Name: Geuze Boon, Lembeek, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij F. Boon
Type: Lambic – Gueuze
Name: Too Much Excitement
Brewery: Double Barrelled X Elusive Brewing, Yuzu Sour Pale Ale, Reading, England
Type: Wild Ale
I really like the modern “fast” sour beers, but the Lambic wins hands down with a complex depth of flavours and a tasty sour riddled throughout. The Yuzu SPA didn’t do much for me, I don’t like sour beers with too much of a *beer* flavour.