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SF Beer Week: Sour Sunday

By Joe Ruvel · February 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Real busy today with non-beer job type stuff, but wanted to get up some pictures from the Sour Beer day at Triple Rock and Jupiter in Berkley last Sunday. Sour beers continue to amaze me. I love the challenge and the fun of it all. Some are WAY sour – one from Moonlight hit us in the face like a ton of lemons (the other one from Moonlight called Sourpuss was a dark sour and was a lot more drinkable) and others have a lot of fruit and wine-like flavors. It is a fun mixed bag and Triple Rock really showcased a lot of great beer.

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Some of our favorites were:

Deproef  – Signature Ale – Collaboration with Tomme Arthur from Lost Abbey. This is a ringer if you ask me – awesome beer but not exactly a sour – My friend Chris loved this one – and it definitely had a great hop taste and a little sourness.

Ballast – Sour Wench – Blackberries! Surprise one – great flavor that I thought was an odd cherry taste ’til I read that it was blackberries. Ballast is doing some exciting stuff.

Deschutes – The Dissident – kick ass – Jasmine really liked this one.

Drakes – Blueberry Port. This was hands-down my favorite – Wow – this is a crafted beer that you don’t see much – 6 year old imperial stout! – with Maine blueberries, in a port barrel. Really, I’m getting a little faint just thinking about it. Smooth – full of fruit – sour but not too sour – the flavors of the stout are still there but the alcohol has calmed. Pretty close to perfect.

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Drakes – Its Fity – another great winey blend from Drakes.

Valley – Effingreat – as the name says – it is – damn, Steve just keeps doing amazing things in Stockton. Great sourness in this one with an aftertaste that reminded me of smoked grains – light smoke.

Got to love the sours!

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Tags: Beerventures · Tastings

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Wilson // Feb 12, 2009 at 7:11 am

    I’ll have to settle for living vicariously through you guys. Sounds like SF Beer Week’s got some great stuff happening. I’d love to have been at the Sourness.