If you’re looking to try something a little different this summer, here are the best sour beers from around the world, as recommended by HonestBrew’s online community.
The style’s popularity has resulted in an explosion of unique bottlings over the last decade, proving that there’s no clear definition behind what constitutes a sour beer. And since sour beers are no longer an anomaly on the beer scene, breweries are now producing them with bolder flavours, interesting names and using unique ingredients to make even more complex brews.
The American style of sour beer has its origins in the 1960s and has seen something of a revival over the last few years. A prime example is New England’s The Alchemist’s Heady Topper, which, for years, had a waiting list of several hundred people before becoming available on a seasonal basis.
Sour beers can put you in mind of another beverage – wine. While the two certainly aren’t similar in alcohol strength (wine invariably contains more), and beer and wine share an ingredient (hops and grapes, respectively), the best sour beers still give you a bouquet of aromas and flavours that make your mouth water.
With their sophistication and complexity, sour beers have been a beer drinker’s dream for years. They may start off as more challenging to brew, but the result is a superior beverage.