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09/14/10 09:27 AM  
Lesser known Sours
I debated on posting this here or the other board, but decided to here as the other board seems to be more import sours...Seems like more people familiar with American Sour Breweries on this one.

I am only going to GABF this weekend but will only be at 1 session. Besides , Russian River, Lost Abbey, Jolly Pumpkin, New Belgium and New Glarus. I have had all those before and looking for different brews to sample. Which lesser known sours/ sour breweries should I go for?

Thanks for the advice.

09/14/10 10:08 AM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
I didn't cross-reference with the list of breweries attending GABF, but Cascade Brewing does some nice sours. Lakefront Brewery from Milwaukee has Rosie, a Flanders style which I believe I read they were bringing to GABF. Goose Island and Flat Earth from Minnesota may have a sour or 2 as well. Chris Kennedy from Yak and Yeti Brewpub posts on here occasionally and I believe he may be bringing a sour or knows people who are. Have fun man. I'm jealous.
09/14/10 10:26 AM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
09/14/10 10:27 AM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
I think I saw Chris was bringing a Berliner Weiss. Thanks for the other suggestions!
Mike T
09/14/10 10:28 AM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
Allagash, Avery, Captain Lawrence, Ithaca, Bruery, Troegs, and Upland all make pretty goods sours and will be there, not sure what they are bringing though.
09/14/10 11:26 AM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
Possibly the best flanders red I've ever tasted was from South hampton. There was also a brewery in Texas, kooky name that I cant recall, that did awesome lambics.
09/14/10 12:09 PM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
If the Bruery has some Oud Tart there definitely try it. It's fantastic.
John L
09/14/10 12:10 PM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
Sent out Lolita from Goose for the floor. American wild ale w/ raspberries aged w/ B. lambicus.

Destihl, also from IL, makes a really nice raspberry sour

Grumpy Troll from WI makes a killer Flemish Red

09/14/10 12:37 PM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
This is turning into one of those "must bookmark" threads!
09/14/10 02:29 PM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
+1 on Cascade. They make some nice sours. And I have no idea how much they made (only that it wasn't much) or if any is going to GABF, but the Allagash Coolship series was simply amazing. A pleasure to drink.
09/14/10 02:33 PM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
I am not actually bringing a berliner weisse this year with the Yak, but Golden City Brewery, who I also brew for, will have a Gose (that is tasting quite good). I have a homebrewed berliner weisse pouring at the WBF Thursday night though.

09/14/10 05:40 PM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
<<Possibly the best flanders red I've ever tasted was from South hampton>>

How long ago was this? They just started selling here, but I don't see anything about a flanders on their website. I've liked some of their other beers though.

Chris, if you're still researching production methods for a berliner weiss, you may want to try tracking down Doug from Peg's Cantina/Cigar City at GABF. He made one a while back which used different things like sour asian fruits to get sourness. I talked to him about it at a beer fest a few months ago and he expresses some of the same concerns I've read from you about cross-contamination, etc.

09/15/10 01:03 PM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
<<How long ago was this?>>

Oh, many. Maybe 7. Nodding Head in Philly also makes a terrific Berliner Weisse.

09/15/10 03:18 PM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
I have had a beer from Brugge Brasserie (Indianapolis) called King's Heart of Darkness the past few years at GABF...amazing beer. I also expect that Deschutes may have the second batch of Dissident which is great as well. I doubt that Avery will have any sours there...they tend to be precious, but they had a few at the brewery yesterday. Last year, I had no problem finding sours from a number of breweries that I had never heard of, and some were pretty good.

I am planning on starting on sours, then moving to dark/strong beers, then onto hoppy stuff, if I am still walking.

09/20/10 09:59 AM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
Cascade brewing's stuff was just awesome. My favorite sours from the festival!
09/23/10 01:23 PM  
Re: Lesser known Sours
Hollister had a really good Gose on the floor at the GABF. The first day there was no other info on it other than the name, "Tiny Bubbles," and I thought it tasted like a Berliner Weisse. Turns out they entered it as a Gose and I think it won a gold.
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