Ryan Ritchie 2016-09-01 12:20:19
The West Coast’s craft breweries are sweet on sour beers. In the teeming craft beer market, the quest for innovative flavors is never ending. Most recently, bold brewers have been experimenting with a variety that dares the palate and challenges traditional tasting notes: Sour beer is a perfect match for the most senior craft connoisseurs. With an initial mouth-puckering taste that leads to a smooth finish, this style’s bold flavor is the latest trend in the craft beer movement. The West Coast plays host to several brewers who are honing their flavors. Kevin Martin, lead blender at Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Portland, Ore., defines this latest infatuation as a beer “that has been fermented with acid-producing bacteria to deliberately achieve high levels of acidity, which translates to sourness on the palate.” Many sour beers, Martin says, “are also aged in oak barrels for several months and are commonly flavored with fruit or spices.” The result is a broad flavor sensation featuring a seemingly endless combination of ingredients, which, Martin says, is why sours are poised to “become a permanent part of the craft beer menu.” Martin recommends sour beer first-timers select a variety that contains ingredients with which he or she is familiar. The options are vast and varied at Cascade, but the former winemaker prefers The Vine and Sang Royal because each features grapes. Martin notes that the draft-only Honey Ginger Lime, Manhattan NW and the “elusive” Tangerine Dream are a few of the brewery’s most popular and in-demand sour beers. Perfect Pours Quality beers can be sipped just a short hop away from Pendry San Diego, a new luxury hotel from Montage Hotels & Resorts in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego set to open late 2016. San Diego is known for its craft beers and burgeoning breweries, so it makes sense to explore the area to enjoy some of the region’s best sour beers. Here’s a quick tour of top spots within a stone’s throw of Pendry. RARE FORM Located near Petco Park, Rare Form is the ideal location for grabbing a beer before—or after—the game. Even better? There’s a tiki bar called Fairweather upstairs. (619-255-6507; godblessrareform.com) QUARTYARD Every day is different at Quartyard, where farmers markets, live bands and movie nights are just a few of the events visitors can expect to encounter in this urban park with a beer garden. There’s also a large Jenga set for those who enjoy games with their brews. (619-432- 5303; quartyardsd.com) NEIGHBORHOOD Head to Neighborhood for a variety of sour beers thanks to the bar’s ever-changing tap. While you’re there, pair one of the establishment’s sour brews with truffle fries and a black bean veggie burger. (619-446-0002; neighborhoodsd.com) BASIC There’s nothing basic about enjoying a beer with a slice of thin-crust pizza, especially when this delicious combo is served among a diverse crowd or during fun events, like art night. (619-531-8869; barbasic.com) QUAD ALEHOUSE Touting itself as a “safe haven” for craft beer fans and newbies, Quad Alehouse is home to an array of San Diego-based brews, making it a onestop shop for anyone looking to learn about local beverages. (619-239- 3339; quadalehouse.com) At Montage Laguna Beach, guests can enjoy Modern Times Beer’s sour apricot gose inside the Lobby Lounge and Black Market Brewing Co.’s sour ale with cherries at Mosaic Bar and Grille. Both are bottled and serve as a deliciously refreshing introduction to this
Published by Firebrand Media . View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/article/Spirits%3A+Savoring+Sours/2575381/334727/article.html.