Ready to Pick - Sour Beer

Author: Drew Hamm
Channeling brewing history form Belgium and Germany is a great place to start for any American brewer and these four fruited, sour ales that we tasted this month will help you impress at your next summer gathering. Your friends will always task you with bringing the beer after they taste these sour, tart, fruity delights. Time for you to ditch a classic pilsner after mowing the lawn and get acquainted with tasty, low ABV Berliner Weisses and sour ales to quench your thirst on a hot summer day.
Cherry Poppin Bottles

Cherry Poppin Bottles

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The Berliner Weisse style of beer was basically lost to history and the centuries long trend of people drinking lagers until the craft beer movement in the United States, and beyond, helped to resurrect the sour wheat beer. Used as an introduction to the sour beer family as a whole, Berliner Weiss beers have only recently started to be flavored with different fruits. North Coast Brewing Co. Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse tells you right in its name what kind of fruit for which they reached. An appealing rose color redefines what you think beer should look like and a pleasing light, fruity, crisp taste leaves you wanting another sip. And since it is only 4.1% ABV have three more sips! This is a beer for people who do not like beer and, obviously, those that do too.

Pinky Promise It Is Good

Pinky Promise It Is Good

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It stands to reason that if a cherry flavored Berliner Weisse is good, a raspberry flavored Berliner Weisse would be good too, right? Yeah, definitely right. The Revival Brewing Co. Pinky Swear Raspberry Berliner Weisse kicks up the ABV all the way to 5.5% and brings the raspberry flavor to the forefront. Want something to go with that nice piece of salmon you just grilled? Ditch the white wine and pour some of this for your guests. A little bit jammy with hints of sea salt, strawberry and fresh rhubarb, this canned offering from Cranston, Rhode Island would also be nice with a heaping plate of oysters.

Bramble On

Bramble On

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While none of these beers are rated lower than an 89 (highly recommended) by our panel, the SweetWater Brewing Co. Through the Brambles Sour Ale clocked in at an exceptional 94 points after our tasting. At 6.2% ABV, this sour offering from the Atlanta, Georgia brewery is the heaviest hitter of the bunch, but still leaves room to enjoy more than one in an afternoon. This beer would pair nicely with dessert and the spicy, complex notes may remind some of a robust red wine. You will also surely taste the sour cherry and oak barrel flavors that will be reminiscent of a classic Kriek-style beer from Belgium.

All Rise For Sour Ales

All Rise For Sour Ales

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Naming beers always seems like it would be the most fun part of the brewing process. The All Rise Brewing Co. Reign in Blood Sour Ale adds a little bit of metal to our list of pleasant backyard, cookout beers and, to be quite honest, that is always needed. With a funky, fruity taste that smells of rosemary and raspberry sorbet this golden amber beer is sure to make everyone at your house party stand up and ask for more. The Chicago, Illinois brewery was started to provide beer for the neighboring music venue, Cobra Lounge, and we should all be happy that they have been so successful they can provide beer to the masses as well.

Cherry Poppin Bottles
Pinky Promise It Is Good
Bramble On
All Rise For Sour Ales
Ready to Pick - Sour Beer
Channeling brewing history form Belgium and Germany is a great place to start for any American brewer and these four fruited, sour ales that we tasted this month will help you impress at your next summer gathering. Your friends will always task you with bringing the beer after they taste these sour, tart, fruity delights. Time for you to ditch a classic pilsner after mowing the lawn and get acquainted with tasty, low ABV Berliner Weisses and sour ales to quench your thirst on a hot summer day.

Cherry Poppin Bottles

Cherry Poppin Bottles
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
The Berliner Weisse style of beer was basically lost to history and the centuries long trend of people drinking lagers until the craft beer movement in the United States, and beyond, helped to resurrect the sour wheat beer. Used as an introduction to the sour beer family as a whole, Berliner Weiss beers have only recently started to be flavored with different fruits. North Coast Brewing Co. Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse tells you right in its name what kind of fruit for which they reached. An appealing rose color redefines what you think beer should look like and a pleasing light, fruity, crisp taste leaves you wanting another sip. And since it is only 4.1% ABV have three more sips! This is a beer for people who do not like beer and, obviously, those that do too.

Pinky Promise It Is Good

Pinky Promise It Is Good
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
It stands to reason that if a cherry flavored Berliner Weisse is good, a raspberry flavored Berliner Weisse would be good too, right? Yeah, definitely right. The Revival Brewing Co. Pinky Swear Raspberry Berliner Weisse kicks up the ABV all the way to 5.5% and brings the raspberry flavor to the forefront. Want something to go with that nice piece of salmon you just grilled? Ditch the white wine and pour some of this for your guests. A little bit jammy with hints of sea salt, strawberry and fresh rhubarb, this canned offering from Cranston, Rhode Island would also be nice with a heaping plate of oysters.

Bramble On

Bramble On
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
While none of these beers are rated lower than an 89 (highly recommended) by our panel, the SweetWater Brewing Co. Through the Brambles Sour Ale clocked in at an exceptional 94 points after our tasting. At 6.2% ABV, this sour offering from the Atlanta, Georgia brewery is the heaviest hitter of the bunch, but still leaves room to enjoy more than one in an afternoon. This beer would pair nicely with dessert and the spicy, complex notes may remind some of a robust red wine. You will also surely taste the sour cherry and oak barrel flavors that will be reminiscent of a classic Kriek-style beer from Belgium.

All Rise For Sour Ales

All Rise For Sour Ales
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Naming beers always seems like it would be the most fun part of the brewing process. The All Rise Brewing Co. Reign in Blood Sour Ale adds a little bit of metal to our list of pleasant backyard, cookout beers and, to be quite honest, that is always needed. With a funky, fruity taste that smells of rosemary and raspberry sorbet this golden amber beer is sure to make everyone at your house party stand up and ask for more. The Chicago, Illinois brewery was started to provide beer for the neighboring music venue, Cobra Lounge, and we should all be happy that they have been so successful they can provide beer to the masses as well.