Episode 30: Sourheart Like You
This past weekend, many Midwestern craft beer fans descended upon Minnesota. Their destination: Brooklyn Center, where Surly Brewing hosted Darkness Day 2010. This episode was recorded on Darkness Eve, so stay tuned for next week’s episode to hear our discussion about Darkness Day and Surly Darkness 2010. However, the meet-up for Darkness Day weekend provided an opportunity for Jason and Mike to finally record face-to-face with Shawn and guests in St. Paul.
A number of our most recent episodes have focused on Belgian-style beers with much discussion about funky, sour, tart ,wild, spontaneously-fermented beers. This week is no exception as we breakdown no less than three “wild” beers.
Our first beer comes from Upright Brewing Company of Portland, OR – a company that draws much of its inspiration from the creative spirit of upright bass playing jazz legend, Charles Mingus. Known for its farmhouse style ales, Upright created Four, a wheat beer made from a sour mash.
Our second beer hails from the renowned Russian River Brewing Company, in Santa Rosa, CA. Temptation, a blonde ale that has been aged for 15 months in French oak Chardonnay barrels with Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces yeasts, as well as Pediococcus and Lactobaccillus bacteria.
Our third beer is again of Portland, OR origin – Apricot Ale of Cascade Brewing Company. Apricot Ale is an 8.5% ABV Belgian Tripel-style beer which underwent lactic fermentation for 16 months, aged on French oak wine barrels, and rested on apricots for an additional four months.
Upright Brewing Company – Four Style: Saison ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 4.5%
Russian River Brewing Company – Temptation (004×4) Style: Sour Ale / Wild Ale ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 7.25%
Cascade Brewing Company – Apricot Ale 2009 Style: Sour Ale / Wild Ale ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 8.5%
The Beer Genome Project #30 Show Notes
- 0:00-1:18- Introduction
1:18-21:02 – Four by Upright Brewing
21:02-44:42 - Temptation by Russian River Brewing
44:42-1:03:44 - Apricot Ale by Cascade Brewing
1:03:44-1:05:43 - Conclusion