While in Chicago, we are going to sample Kentucky Common from Local Option Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts at the beginning of the week, which is a few days ago, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read the beer blog posts to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this sour ale.
It has a clear golden copper color without a head. The smell has sour notes. The taste is a sour malty notes with a nice sour finish. This is a sipping beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.localoptionbier.com):
Kentucky Common is a modern interpretation of an ale style native to pre-prohibition Louisville. Historically the beer was dark in color, creamy, and tart as a result of the introduction of lactobacillus bacteria by sour mashing. Local Option Bierkwerker took up the task of brewing this once familiar style – electing to use specialty grains rather than a large percentage of corn – yielding an adventurous taste profile befitting both conventional and courageous palates. Bourbon Barrel Aged Kentucky Common was first served at The Festival in Worcester June 2012 and made available in very limited quantity in the Chicagoland area soon thereafter
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, This beer is something else in a very good way. It reminds me of a beer I use to have a regular basis without sour notes. It is like Kentucky Bourbon Ale with a sour note finish. This is a totally different beer than that one from Alltech Brewery. This is old recipe from Probation time. The brewery uses a sour mash to give off sour notes. Local Option Brewery did a great job bring this old recipe back to life. This is the last review I have from my trip to Chicago. I am really glad and happy that I made it to this brewery. I will be back to see my friends at Local Option. They have great food, music, and of course beer. I highly recommend this beer and checking out their brewpub. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser