Sour Styles Enter Mainstream Craft Beer
Sour beer has long been beer geeks' secret handshake, a puckering pleasure reserved for the enlightened few. That’s due to a lengthy production process (lemony gueuzes take years to mature), which makes sour brews both pricey and scarce. Lately, though, brewers have brought sour ales into the mainstream by embracing faster-fermenting ales such as Germany’s effervescent Berliner weisse and tart, salty gose — which you can buy by the six-pack from Westbrook and Anderson Valley. Along with expanded sour programs of breweries such as Firestone Walker, Upland, and Captain Lawrence, purchasing that pucker is easier than ever.
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