Sour Beer is Hot

Is there anything more refreshing than a cold lemonade on a sizzling summer day? You bet there is: a chilled sour beer is the grown up version of lemonade. Mouth watering tartness, food-friendliness, and naturally low ABV that makes it easy to have more than one. We’ve been tasting some of the best sour beers out there, and now we want to share some of our favorites with you, just in time for the dog days of summer.
Upland Stirs Up Midwestern Sour Mania

Upland Stirs Up Midwestern Sour Mania

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Founded in 1998, the Bloomington, IN based brewery started experimenting with sours in 2006. Now they release approximately 200 barrels of sour beer every year, most of it allocated by lottery. This year Upland looks to complete a brand new all-sour brewery and will have a total of four sour releases. In addition, they sponsor the Midwest's largest gathering of Sour Ale producers, the Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest, held every spring in Indianapolis. And if that is still not sour enough for you, they offer memberships in their Secret Barrel Society which comes with it the chance to buy limited release sours before the general public AND ahead of lottery entrants. For more information on Upland Sours visit the brewery's website and don't miss Sour Beer Blog's recent overview of the program at sour beer blog

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Belgian Style, American Sours

Belgian Style, American Sours

Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Sour ales have been a wild ride for the past few years, thanks to the entrance of a growing number of American craft breweries into the market. Many craft drinkers are drawn by the mouth-puckering intensity of the most extreme variations, while others prefer to wade in through a mildly tart side door.

American brewers may not have the history of their Belgian counterparts, but they are rapidly learning all about wild yeast strains and experimenting wildly with fruits that seldom see the inside of a European beer vat (we're looking at you, Persimmons and Paw Paws). Spoiled for choice and short on time? Read our reviews and never have another bad beer.

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Goses Just Go With Summer

Goses Just Go With Summer

Photo Credit: Tastings.com
When did the obscure gose become the darling of the craft beer scene? Maybe it was Off Color's Troublesome that lit the fuse, but today gose is the go to beer for summer fun.

All goses are low in alcohol, light in body, slightly tangy, and slightly savory (thanks to the addition of salt and spices like Coriander). Some goses have fruit juice or syrup added to give their flavor a gentle sweet lift.

Goses owe their tartness to the lactobacillus bacteria, the microbe that has also gifted civilization with yogurt. Both goses and Berliner Weisses are 'kettle soured' beers, meaning that the wort (grain and water mixture) is allowed to begin lactic fermentation for a day or two before the brewing process begins.

We recently tasted dozens of sours from around the world, and these goses were three of our judges' favorites Sixpoint Jammer is a pure, modern take on the classic style. Ecliptic Brewing, out of Portland Oregon, offers its tart, grapefruity, refreshing Zenith And Geyser Gose

Upland Stirs Up Midwestern Sour Mania
Belgian Style, American Sours
Goses Just Go With Summer
Sour Beer is Hot
Is there anything more refreshing than a cold lemonade on a sizzling summer day? You bet there is: a chilled sour beer is the grown up version of lemonade. Mouth watering tartness, food-friendliness, and naturally low ABV that makes it easy to have more than one. We’ve been tasting some of the best sour beers out there, and now we want to share some of our favorites with you, just in time for the dog days of summer.

Upland Stirs Up Midwestern Sour Mania

Upland Stirs Up Midwestern Sour Mania
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Founded in 1998, the Bloomington, IN based brewery started experimenting with sours in 2006. Now they release approximately 200 barrels of sour beer every year, most of it allocated by lottery. This year Upland looks to complete a brand new all-sour brewery and will have a total of four sour releases. In addition, they sponsor the Midwest's largest gathering of Sour Ale producers, the Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest, held every spring in Indianapolis. And if that is still not sour enough for you, they offer memberships in their Secret Barrel Society which comes with it the chance to buy limited release sours before the general public AND ahead of lottery entrants. For more information on Upland Sours visit the brewery's website and don't miss Sour Beer Blog's recent overview of the program at sour beer blog

Upland Paw Paw Lambic Review
Upland Persimmon Lambic Review
Upland Cauldron Sour Ale Review

Belgian Style, American Sours

Belgian Style, American Sours
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Sour ales have been a wild ride for the past few years, thanks to the entrance of a growing number of American craft breweries into the market. Many craft drinkers are drawn by the mouth-puckering intensity of the most extreme variations, while others prefer to wade in through a mildly tart side door.

American brewers may not have the history of their Belgian counterparts, but they are rapidly learning all about wild yeast strains and experimenting wildly with fruits that seldom see the inside of a European beer vat (we're looking at you, Persimmons and Paw Paws). Spoiled for choice and short on time? Read our reviews and never have another bad beer.

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red Review
North by Northwest Judas Peach Review
Two Roads Brewing Kriek Review
Lagunitas Aunt Sally Review

Goses Just Go With Summer

Goses Just Go With Summer
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
When did the obscure gose become the darling of the craft beer scene? Maybe it was Off Color's Troublesome that lit the fuse, but today gose is the go to beer for summer fun.

All goses are low in alcohol, light in body, slightly tangy, and slightly savory (thanks to the addition of salt and spices like Coriander). Some goses have fruit juice or syrup added to give their flavor a gentle sweet lift.

Goses owe their tartness to the lactobacillus bacteria, the microbe that has also gifted civilization with yogurt. Both goses and Berliner Weisses are 'kettle soured' beers, meaning that the wort (grain and water mixture) is allowed to begin lactic fermentation for a day or two before the brewing process begins.

We recently tasted dozens of sours from around the world, and these goses were three of our judges' favorites Sixpoint Jammer is a pure, modern take on the classic style. Ecliptic Brewing, out of Portland Oregon, offers its tart, grapefruity, refreshing Zenith And Geyser Gose