Sour beer, oh dear!
It always strikes me as being more of an acquired taste than even that famous Irish porter ever was, to me at least. I have tried maybe three didn’t flavours from three different breweries and I’m not a fan, even in the slightest
Dilemma is, I’m a fan of Hillstown Breweries other beers. So when I was offered the opportunity to sample this new release I was keen to be involved and conscious of my New Year resolution from 1997, ‘try new things’
That’s how I find myself staring at a pint of The Blueberry Badger Parade
1st sip - I don’t like this
2nd sip - see above..
3-24 - internal battle
And then it was done
By the end of the glass there is something strangely moreish about this sour, the tartness which i found almost overpowering at the beginning has somewhat mellowed to be more of a side effect on the palate as the blueberry begins to burst through.
I’m beginning to think sours may have a place on my bar, possibly as an intro beer before introducing something a little easier to sustain over a session. That may seem dismissive to some, but it’s a major leap from my previous stance on this type of beer
Weighing in at 3.5% this is a lower ABV sour but that shouldn’t be misread as weak, it certainly isn’t. The blueberry & gin soaked juniper berries ensure It has a full vibrant flavour
Well done Hillstown! You may have just converted me.
*my bottle of beer was kindly provided by Hillstown Brewery! No reward, financial or otherwise was offered or implied for a favourable review*
*if I thought it was shit, I would have said so