SOUR BEER / WILD BEER is a beer style characterized by an intentionally acidic, tart, sour taste. In brewing theory, any style of beer may be soured. Traditionally, sour beers are synonymous with Belgian Flemish Red, Lambic, or Oud Bruin styles. These days, brewers are breaking all the rules and more sour beers are cross-breeding into other styles- (Stout, Pale Ale, Tripel, Saison, etc.) Belgian brewers are pushing the boundaries of the traditional styles, and offering beer lovers a new generation of sour beers.
*Unlike “traditional” brewing, which is done in a sterile environment to guard against the intrusion of wild yeast, sour beers are made by allowing wild yeast strains or bacteria into the brew. Traditionally, Belgian brewers allowed wild yeast to enter the brew naturally through the barrels – an unpredictable process that many modern brewers avoid. The most common agents used are Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, and Pediococcus. Because of the uncertainty involved in using wild yeast, the sour beer brewing process is extremely unpredictable. The beer takes months to ferment and can take years to mature.
Making sour beer is a risky and specialized form of beer brewing, and longstanding breweries which produce it often specialize in this and other Belgian-style beers. Established in 1836, one of the oldest breweries still in operation that produces sour beer is the Rodenbach Brewery of Roeselare, Belgium. Today sour beer has spread outside Belgium to include other European breweries and some in the United States. (*Source: Wikipedia)
Some of our favorite breweries producing Sour Beer are: Rodenbach, Lost Abbey, Russian River, The Bruery, Almanac Beer Co., Goose Island, The Rare Barrel, Funkwerks, Brouwerij Omer VanderGhinste (formerly known as Bockor), Bavik Petrus, Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck, Brasserie de Silly, and many others.
RELATED SOUR / WILD BEER BREWVIEWS:
Febrewary 1, 2016: 2012 VINTAGE BRUX – 2016 UPDATE
January 4, 2016: JOLLY PUMPKIN – LA ROJA DU KRIEK
January 4, 2016: LAMBIC, SOUR, AND WILD ALE MONTH
December 8, 2014: 2012 VINTAGE BRUX
July 14, 2014: BROUWERIJ DE HALVE MAAN- STRAFFE HENDRIK WILD TRIPEL
May 6, 2014: SILLY SOUR
November 18, 2013: CASTLE BREWERY VAN HONSEBROUCK BACCHUS OUD BRUIN
November 11, 2013: MONK’S CAFE FLEMISH SOUR ALE
November 11, 2013: BAVIK PETRUS AGED PALE
November 11, 2013: BOCKOR BELLEGEMS BRUIN