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Old 09-05-2016, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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I'll make it a point to try a sour every time I hit one of my local breweries, but I have yet to actually enjoy one. I can safely say I'm not a fan. HOWEVER, a few friends of mine love them. Different strokes, right?

As a homebrewer, I do have to appreciate the style, and living in Florida, they are very popular.
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Old 09-05-2016, 02:29 PM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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This past weekend I visited one brewpub and three (!) pubs with a heavy emphasis on craft brews. One Kölsch was way too sour, and one farmhouse was like drinking sauvignon blanc wine. Now, I like a good sauv blanc wine, but when my beer which is supposed to taste like beer tastes like wine I draw the line.

I also recently tried Oskar Blues Pinner, which regrettably was loaded with passion fruit and blood orange juices. Two fruits I really enjoy, but when added to an IPA make one ask the simple question "Why?" Or maybe "WTF?" It wasn't undrinkable, but I really can't say it was recommendable.
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Old 09-05-2016, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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This past weekend I visited one brewpub and three (!) pubs with a heavy emphasis on craft brews. One Kölsch was way too sour, and one farmhouse was like drinking sauvignon blanc wine. Now, I like a good sauv blanc wine, but when my beer which is supposed to taste like beer tastes like wine I draw the line.

I also recently tried Oskar Blues Pinner, which regrettably was loaded with passion fruit and blood orange juices. Two fruits I really enjoy, but when added to an IPA make one ask the simple question "Why?" Or maybe "WTF?" It wasn't undrinkable, but I really can't say it was recommendable.
You can get a nice blood orange IPA. Funky Buddha's More Moro comes to mind.
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:18 AM
 
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This past weekend I visited one brewpub and three (!) pubs with a heavy emphasis on craft brews. One Kölsch was way too sour, and one farmhouse was like drinking sauvignon blanc wine. Now, I like a good sauv blanc wine, but when my beer which is supposed to taste like beer tastes like wine I draw the line.

I also recently tried Oskar Blues Pinner, which regrettably was loaded with passion fruit and blood orange juices. Two fruits I really enjoy, but when added to an IPA make one ask the simple question "Why?" Or maybe "WTF?" It wasn't undrinkable, but I really can't say it was recommendable.
Fruited IPAs are a different thing entirely, which is also different from citrusy or juicy IPAs. Grapefruit sculpin is the former, while Julius is the latter. Neither are sours though. Nor really fruit beers ala some lambics (example: Serendipity).

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I don't think I've ever even seen a sour beer, but the idea has me intrigued. Is this some microbrew thing or is there a couple bigger brands that can be found regularly nationwide?
Some of the oldest beers around from Belgium are sours. Many of those are tough to find in the U.S.

There are plenty of microbrew sours as well.

But brewers like Bruery Terreux is widely distributed and readily available.

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Beer has its own flavor.

All of this silly light beer, sour beer, fruit beer, whatever is for fancy metrosexuals.

Nome sane?

There is no one beer flavor. And many of these sour beer makers have been brewing for well over 100 years. They were farmhouse brews with wild yeasts.
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:39 AM
 
Location: IL
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I first started trying sours 7 or 8 years ago. I have had a few I liked, but would never have more than 1. They get too sour and I enjoy other beer flavors better. I have had a Farmhouse / Amber combo which was better than a straight Farmhouse. Also, a Berliner Weiss with flavored syrup like they do in Germany is good for about 6 ounces. Otherwise, I choose other beer styles.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Hell yeah.

We just had a sour festival...


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It is time for Upland Brewing Company’s 5th Annual Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest. This is the only festival of its kind in the Midwest and the first in Indiana to focus on the niche of sour ales.

The Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest will be June 4th, 2016 held at Indianapolis’s City Market. Last year’s festival sold out as sour ale lovers were able to sample sour, wild and funky brews from 25 different breweries from across the country.
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Old 09-09-2016, 07:22 AM
 
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Hell yeah.

We just had a sour festival...
Interesting line up. Some good ones. But Boston Beer Co? Ugh.

Too bad Funk Factory Geuzeria isn't there. One of the best of the midwest, easily.
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