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Sour / Lambic Beer

Hold onto your hats, it’s about to get wild. Just like it says on the tin, sour beers are characterised by their sourness. They are made using wild yeasts, which used to just be present in beer production in general back in the day, meaning most beers had a touch of sourness to them. Over the course of time, the environments where beer was produced allowed brewers to guard the ingredients against the wild yeast, though some producers intentionally include them to create this particular style.

One of the main styles of sour beers is the Belgian Lambic, which is made using a combination of both wheat and barley, with the wort cooled in open shallow vats, letting the wild yeasts do their thing. Plenty of hops are also used in Lambic beers, but these aren't used for flavour like most beers - brewers use the hops for their preserving qualities for their beer's long maturations, hence why they use old hops which have lost their bittering qualities. Lambic beers are well aged in oak casks before bottling.

Lindemans Faro (37.5cl)

37cl, 4.5%
Lindemans

A Lambic beer from the Lindemans folks, harking back to an old tradition of adding sugar to Lambic beer to make it more approachable. Though the style disappeared for a while, Lindemans revitalised…  More info

Lindemans Faro (37.5cl)
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$2.44

Rodenbach Grand Cru

33cl, 6%
Brouwerij Rodenbach

A classic Flemish red sour beer with a higher proportion of older beer (2/3) in than blend than the Rodenbach original, and a higher abv.  More info

Rodenbach Grand Cru
$3.08

Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René (37.5cl)

37cl, 6%
Lindemans

Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René is a blend of young and old Lambic beer, which is matured in large oak barrels and then bottle conditioned. Much like a wine, this will cellar very well...  More info

Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René (37.5cl)
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$3.97

Thornbridge Days of Creation

38cl, 7%
Thornbridge Brewery

Days of Creation is the second iteration of a project Thornbridge have been working on for a number of years, one to create a modern sour ale, aged in barrels, that possessed the depth and range of…  More info

Thornbridge Days of Creation
$10.83

Mystic Flor Ventus

75cl, 4.5%
Mystic Brewery

Unfiltered, unpasteurised and bottle conditioned wild (or sour) ale from Mystic barrel programme in Massachusetts, matured in French oak.  More info

Mystic Flor Ventus
$21.85

Duchesse de Bourgogne

33cl, 6.2%
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse de Bourgogne is Flemish red sour beer that takes from the country's beers being known as the 'Burgundies of Belgium'. It's a blend of 8 and 18 month old beer.  More info

Duchesse de Bourgogne
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$2.17
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Petrus Oud Bruin

33cl, 5.5%
Petrus

A Belgian brown sour beer from the Petrus range, made with a combination of their aged Pale (which spends up to 2 years maturing) and young brown beer.  More info

Petrus Oud Bruin

Chorlton Brewing Co. Citra Brett Pale

33cl, 4.5%
Chorlton Brewing Co

A deliciously complex Brett beer here from the Chorlton Brewery Company in Manchester, which has been dry-hopped too...  More info

Chorlton Brewing Co. Citra Brett Pale
$2.73
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Atom Zymology

33cl, 3.5%
Atom Brewing Co

An intriguing dry-hopped kettle sour beer from Hull's Atom, made using Lactobacillus plantarum as well as mosaic hops, resulting in a balanced flavour profile of in-your-face bitterness and…  More info

Atom Zymology
$2.80
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Wild Beer Chronos

33cl, 5.8%
The Wild Beer Co

An interesting combination of styles here from The Wild Beer Co. - Chronos is a lager brewed in a large oak foudre with lager yeast and brettanomyces!  More info

Wild Beer Chronos
$2.92
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Wild Beer Somerset Wild

33cl, 5%
The Wild Beer Co

While Somerset might be more well-known for its cider (as our Sam will only be too keen to tell you), the Wild Beer Co. have made a delicious Sour Beer that wears its Somerset-loving heart on its…  More info

Wild Beer Somerset Wild

Chorlton Brewing Co. Amarillo Sour

33cl, 5.4%
Chorlton Brewing Co

A tasty sour beer from the Manchester-based Chorlton Brewing Company, inspired by the brews of Germany. Twice fermented and dry-hopped to give it some fragrant hoppy notes.  More info

Chorlton Brewing Co. Amarillo Sour

Petrus Aged Red

33cl, 8.5%
Petrus

An aged sour cherry beer from the Belgian Petrus range, made by combining a small portion of their Aged Pale (which spends up to 2 years maturing) and plenty of their Dubbel Brun along with cherries.  More info

Petrus Aged Red

Chorlton Brewing Co. Summer/Blanc Double Sour

33cl, 8.1%
Chorlton Brewing Co

A refreshing sour beer from the inventive Chorlton Brewing Co. folks. Ought to make for an interesting summer evening treat.  More info

Chorlton Brewing Co. Summer/Blanc Double Sour
$3.31
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Redchurch Tartelette

33cl, 4.5%
Redchurch Brewery

A refreshing, zesty sour beer from the Redchurch Brewery in Bethnal Green - this has been brewed with an initial lactobacillus souring followed by a saccharomyces fermentation. Very fun words to say…  More info

Redchurch Tartelette

Hof Ten Dormaal Zure

33cl, 6%
Hof Ten Dormaal

A sour beer from Hof Ten Dormaal made with ambient wild yeast. It spends a year in barrels and is cellared for months at the Engelburcht Monastery before release.  More info

Hof Ten Dormaal Zure
$3.60
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Wild Beer Rooting Around (Summer)

33cl, 6%
The Wild Beer Co

Rooting Around Summer is a barrel aged sour beer from Somerset’s The Wild Beer Co. brewed for a chosen season. With foraged ingredients specific to that time of year, the Rooting Around range…  More info

Wild Beer Rooting Around (Summer)
$3.84
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Wild Beer Sourdough

33cl, 3.6%
The Wild Beer Co

A German Weisee-style beer from the the South West's Wild Beer Co., made with a 58 year old sourdough yeast! Intense stuff!  More info

Wild Beer Sourdough
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Mikkeller U Alright?

33cl, 4.5%
Mikkeller

U Alright? comes to us from the excellent Mikkeller range - this one was produced at D'Proef in Belgium. It's a rather tasty sour beer which captures plenty of vibrant fruit notes at its core.  More info

Mikkeller U Alright?

Mikkeller It's Alight!

33cl, 4.5%
Mikkeller

It's Alight! is a well balanced Belgian beer from the wonderful Mikkeller range. This is a continuation on a theme from the brewers, hitting a careful balance between well-hopped ale and vibrant sour…  More info

Mikkeller It's Alight!
$4.11
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Boon Oude Geuze 2012 Mariage Parfait (37.5cl)

38cl, 8%
Boon

Traditional geuze lambic, made by blending younger lambic beer (perhaps a year old) with older lambic before a further fermentation in the bottle. The "oude" means 'old', another nod to more…  More info

Boon Oude Geuze 2012 Mariage Parfait (37.5cl)

Liefmans Goudenband

33cl, 8%
Liefmans Brewery

A fantastic Lambic here from the Liefmans range which is allowed to rest after brewing in open vats for four to twelve months and then blended with some younger beer to finish it off.  More info

Liefmans Goudenband
$4.26
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Thornbridge Tart Bakewell Sour

50cl, 6%
Thornbridge Brewery

A "Bakewell Sour" from the Thornbridge Brewery, made in collaboration with the Wild Beer Co. in the South West!  More info

Thornbridge Tart Bakewell Sour
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$4.54
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To Øl Sur Mosaic

33cl, 6%
To øl

Sur is Danish for 'sour', and this is a sour mashed pale ale from To Øl. It's also made, of course, with wonderful Mosaic hops.  More info

To Øl Sur Mosaic
$4.58
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Stillwater Insetto

35cl, 5%
Stillwater Artisanal

An intriguing blend of styles going on here with Sillwater's Insetto. It's firstly a sour ale brewed with Italian plum, but then they've gone and dry-hopped it afterwards! Sourness and fresh…  More info

Stillwater Insetto
$4.74
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