Sour Beer, East Coast Beer and Such!
Last week, I was introduced to two “Sour Beers.” Joey of Southbay Drugs and Liquor told me he fell in love with this style, and got to try many of them in Belgium on his honeymoon. After doing my research, I found out I would either love or hate the style, and nothing in between. The fellas on Craft Brew Radio stated the same thing. This was enough to err on the side of caution.
Why spend $10.00 or more a bottle on something I might not like. Well after sharing a bottle of Russian River Temptation and Cuvee de Tomme with Mike, I officially joined the club of those who do like it. With strong bold styles like Barley Wine and Double IPA, I can pick out the characteristics fairly easy. With a barrel aged Sour Beer, I feel like a n00bie. I just know its good at this point. I guess that is all that should count at the end of the day, but I am now thirsty for more knowledge on the style. Hopefully I can score more Russian River, and veer out into the real deal from Belgium. Feel free to write to us with suggestions.
I also had a Southern Tier Un-Earthly Imperial IPA this weekend. The full review will be up sometime, but it really was an interesting take on Double IPA. I have found east of the Mississippi, they have their own unique style. I have had Dreadnaught by Three Floyds, Hopmouth from Arcadia Ales, and now Southern Tier, and these three are so far different from the San Diego Hop Monsters I am used to. It has forced me to expand my pallette and look for other characteristics besides amped up, citrusy hops and boat loads of malt.
This week, I hope to do a tasting on Flying Dog’s new Canis Series. I have tried the Gonzo Imperial Porter, but have yet to review it. Flying Dog makes a good sessionable ale, but they know how to make a heavier, stronger ale as well. Make sure you have a good beer this week, and enjoy it to the fullest.