7 Sour Beers You Need to Know

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse Photo courtesy of B. United International Inc.
By Megan Krigbaum Posted October 22, 2014

Here are 7 cult sours that Bluejacket’s Greg Engert thinks everyone ought to taste.

Here are 7 cult sours that Bluejacket’s Greg Engert thinks everyone ought to taste.

Delicate & Bright

Off Color Brewing Troublesome
This Illinois-brewed beer is an homage to traditional sour wheats (gose) from Leipzig, Germany. It’s seasoned with coriander and salt.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
Not many people have a PhD in brewing, but Fritz Briem does. When he’s not teaching, he’s making this tart and thirst-quenching Berliner Weisse, a classic, sour German wheat ale.

Earthy & Funky

Cantillon Gueuze Lambic
Cantillon, in Belgium, is the pinnacle for sour beer lovers. This one is the standard bearer for traditionally made, funky gueuze lambics (blended, spontaneously fermented, barrel-aged ales).

Allagash Brewing Company Interlude
Maine brewer Rob Tod has been making Belgian-inspired beers, like this strong ale aged in red wine barrels, for almost 20 years.

Fruity & Wine-Like

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek
This Belgian brewery has been in operation since 1887. Its traditional kriek lambic is fermented and then aged with dark cherries in old oak barrels.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales La Roja
Inspired by Flemish ales, this Michigan-based brewery blends barrel-aged sour red ales to make this intense beer.

Brouwerij Rodenbach Grand Cru
This robust red-brown ale, from a brewery that’s been around for more than two centuries, is reminiscent of an elegant Old World red wine.

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