From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Tiny Little Tart Golden Sour”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mild tartness, tropical fruits and lychee. The flavour is of tartness, tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, passion fruit, sweetness and a mild malt backbone. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 0. This is definitely a tasty session sour ale. hope you can find some before its all gone.
Commercial Description: Kettle soured, then fermented with our hose ale yeast. Next we dry hop the hell out of this beer with Equanot and Idaho 7 hops, both accentuating the beautiful bouquet of passion fruit and citrus.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster comes their “Wild Dark Currant Sour”. This is the third of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a dark red colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of currants, milk funk with sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of currants, mild funk, with little sweetness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 30. I think this beer will get better with age as the Brett kicks the funk up a notch but it is still enjoyable now.
Commercial Description: Edition 03/04 is a dark sour, fermented with brett yeast. Pre-fermentation we transferred this malty brew into our Copper Coolship, where we steeped 30lbs of dried organic currants, releasing the sweet and tart characteristics of this intense black fruit.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Brassneck in Vancouver comes their “Wild Brett Wasp Sour”. This beer has one of the weirder ingredients in it as the yeast used comes from the stomach of a wasp (Yes those stinging jerks). This is the second of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of brett, tartness, herbal notes and citrus. The flavour is of tartness, brett, lemon, elder flower almost honey sweetness and a herbal finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 18. This was really tasty and I think either Field House or Brassneck should do more beer with this messed up Wasp stomach yeast.
Commercial Description: Edition 02/04 is a sour and floral wild ale, fermented with yeast harvested from a wasps gut, and finished with Brett. This beer was left overnight in our Copper Coolship with elder flower and hops, allowing the beer to collect micro flora and fauna from the cool pacific night air, while naturally bringing it down to fermentation temperatures.
From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Coup de Foudre (New World Wild Ale)”. This was the first bottle release from their Foudre. The beer poured a cloudy orange brown colour with an off white head. The aroma was of oak, cherry, malt vinegar and tartness. The flavour was of malt vinegar, oak, cherries, dark fruits, toffee, tartness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% and they list the IBU as low. This is an excellent execution of a sour ale!
Commercial Description: Heaven-sent by arrow or lightning bolt, “Love at First Sight” is thought to be a madness inflicted upon unsuspecting beings by the Gods for sport. Others believe it’s that moment of recognition when one first looks upon their other half. Either way, the poor soul didn’t know what hit them. Aged for over a year in our 6000 litre oak Foudre this fruity, complex ale is our tribute to the love struck
Food pairing as per brewery: Seafood (muscles), Fruit deserts, Fresh cheese, Charcuterie. Quiche
From North Vancouver’s Green Leaf Brewing Co at Lonsdale Quay comes their “Lamb Of God Sour Stout” a barrel aged sour stout. I think this bottle was of the 2016 Vintage but I am not sure. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of tartness, mild roasted malts, cherry, sweetness and a hint of ash. The flavour is of cherry, tartness, roasted malts, burnt coffee chocolate, ash, hint of oak and earth. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 15. This newer vintage of Lamb of God has much more tartness than it did back in 2015 and was as such more enjoyable. Check it out if you get a chance.