Cantillon. I can’t think of another word that makes “sour” beer lovers as excited as that one. Brasserie Cantillon, the famous Lambic/Gueuze producing brewery from Belgium makes some of the most sought after beers in the world. Recently, I opened a bottle of their Rosé De Gambrinus, a raspberry Lambic, to share with Nick on his birthday.
Upland Brewing Co. out of Indiana is notorious for releasing a wide variety of fruited Lambics. One I recently had the chance to try was a 2011 bottle of their Persimmon Lambic. The fruit itself is new to me, so I wasn’t really sure exactly what flavors to be expecting out of this one. A big thanks goes out to Jason for the chance to try this one.
The Bruery is back with their Tart of Darkness, a spontaneously fermented Stout aged in spent Black Tuesday oak barrels. At only 5.60% ABV, a rather low ABV for these guys to bottle, Tart of Darkness delivers many initial robust, malty stout/porter qualities with the fruity tartness you’ve come to love from sour American Wild Ales.
The famous, and relatively young, The Bruery in California make some of my favorite beers I’ve tried to date. Thanks to Scott, I’m able to try another recent release, Filmishmish – a 5.8% ABV American Wild Ale made with apricots and aged in oak barrels. Their Wild Ale/sour program has been nothing but impressive lately, so I’m hoping Filmishmish follows suit.
The Bruery Provisions shop in California is home to many one-off limited releases. This time, the Orange County based brewery put out Mother Funker, a golden ale aged in oak barrels. Said to be their most sour beer yet, Shane and Nick open this one for Nick’s “Golden Birthday” – his 25th on February 25th.