sour beers

New Beer Blog Lagunitas Aunt Sally


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample a new beer from Lagunitas Brewery Company.  It is their Aunt Sally.  I said this once and again.  The new trend in beer for 2016 was going to be sours, fruit beers, and ciders.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this California base craft brewery.  Let us get into this beer.

It has a clear golden color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy citrus to slight grapefruit notes. The taste has a sweet tart to grapefruit notes with a grapefruit aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from their website (www.lagunitas.com):

A Unique Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale

We soured the wort on the Hot Side with Lactobacillus for a few days and then brewed up this smooth and hoppy sour. It tastes like a big bowl of fruity candy or some chewable flavored vitamins, but what’s the difference? It’s sweet, tart, and sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie that your favorite aunt makes. For all the Aunt Sally’s out there, You know who you are..

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.lagunitas.com

Twitter:  @lagunitasbeer

In the end, I love sours, gose, and tart beers.  I know they are about the same in taste profile world.  To me, they are both a little different and I have to be in that mood to really enjoyed a tart beer or a sour one.  I am happy to see more and more sours and tart beers hitting the market.  Of course, anything new that comes out from this craft brewery.  I always pick up a six pack or a single bottle to try it out.  I have to say I am not disappointed on this brew.  I love it. It is almost sour but more tart to me.  I recommend this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Blog Cascade Brewing


When in Portland, Brewvana took us on a little brewpub tour around Portland, Oregon.  Our first stop was Cascade Brewing.  I was pretty excited to stop here because this brewery is known for their sour beers.  In my recent years, I have become a huge sour beer fan.  Here is a little history of the brewery.  Cascade Brewing was founded in 1998 by Art Larrance, who started in beer industry in 1986 with the Bridgeport Brewery.  Cascade Brewing brews several different beer styles but they are known for their sour beers.  They have two brewpubs around the Portland city limits.  They are being sold in a few states from the West and East Coast.  There are no states in the middle of the United States where their beer is sold.  They have won some awards at the Great American Beer Festival.

Here are a few photos from their back room where they storage the beer in oak barrels:

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Here are the beers I had a chance to try while I was there:

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It has a cloudy light copper color without a head on the beer.  It has a berry smell to the beer. It is a heavy sour taste to the beer.  Sour beers are not drinkable.  The drinker will have one and have to move on unless they are slipping on them through out the night.

Here is a descriation from their website (www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com):

Noyaux 8.94% ABV

This NW style sour ale features blonds and triples that were aged on oak between 18 and 24 months, then additionally aged for 12 months on raspberries and apricot noyaux. Sweet raspberry fruit, rose petals, almond and vanillin are noticed up front. Tart raspberries, oak and a soft almond note on the tongue lead to a finish of rich, tart raspberries with lingering hints of almond and maraschino cherries.

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This beer came straight from the fernating tank.  It has went through the packaging process.  This is their Blueberry Sour beer.  I cannot remember if he had a name on it.  I do not have it on their beer list.   It has a nice blue with a violent color head.  It has a slight blueberry smell with a little sour to the beer.  It is same as the taste to the beer.  It is pretty drinkable.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: www.cascadebrewing.com

Twitter:  @cascadebrewing

Closing, this was a great experience to get by this brewpub.  I know the next time I am around Portland.  I will make another visit to Cascade Brewing.  I just wished I would have picked up a few bottles but I did not know if I could have got them on the train the next day to Seattle, Washington.  I will be checking on some online shops or just make a trip there.  Both of these beers are slipping beers not drinking beers.  Not many beer drinkers get this process of drinking sour beers.  They are meant to be sipped over time.  They were both very enjoyable and I wish I had time to try their other sours.  My favorite from the two I had there was their Blueberry.  Good pick Ben and Brewvana!  Go get some or put a bird on it!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Flying Dog Cherry Sour Ale


While in DC for Savor, this is my last beer I had outside of Savor.  It was in basement of this bar where I had DC Brau Hell’s Bottom Stout.  I cannot remember the bar name.  Flying Dog had tap take over which is where a brewery switches all tap handles to their own beers.  The brewery puts some special beers on tap.  I had two beers at Savor from this brewery and I am a huge fan of this brewery.  Let us get to know the back story of this brewery.  Flying Dog Brewery was founded in 1990 by George Stranahan and Lydia McIntyre in Aspen, Colorado but they later moved to Denver, Colorado.  They moved to Maryland after they brought the Wild Goose beers and then sold it to the Logan Shaw Brewing Company.

This beer is a cloudy reddish color to it.  It does not really have a smell to the beer.  The taste is sweet carbonation cherry going on in it.  It was not drinkable and really bad. The marriage between the cherry and the sour was not happening in this beer.

Here is a website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.flyingdogales.com

Twitter:  @flyingdog

Closing out my trip to DC for Savor, I really hate to say this about this brewery.  I have to say this beer was a huge disappointed from this brewery.  I love this brewery and I follow them for everything they do in the craft beer world.  I have to call it the way it is on this beer.  However, with that all said, I know there will be a group of beer drinkers out there that will love this beer.  Just because I said I do not like it that does not mean you will not like it.  I am really looking forward to seeing Cholocate IPA to hit the market and I trying their Oyster Stout.  This brewery is not afraid to push the limits in the beer world and I respect them for what they are doing in the craft beer world. Slayer the person wanted to see my thoughts on this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser