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Beer porn Vol. 1: Wilds and sours

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Hey, you’re home for the holidays! If you’ve checked your SportsCenter app 50 times in an hour; refreshed the news so much it feels like the “olds;” and find yourself exploring the inner-workings of your smart phone’s settings, you’re officially bored. Here’s an idea: Sneak off for a few minutes to look at some beer porn. This week, I’m posting some of the most mouth-watering bottles to land on our doorstop.

Today: Wilds and sours.

Crooked Stave Hop Savant

A beer after my own heart: A 100-percent Brettanomyces wild ale (designed as a wild pale ale) hopped to the max with the exotic Galaxy variety. The combination of funky Brett, dried grass, barnyard, fresh orange, lemon and pear is divine. And I’m not even someone who’s comfortable describing something as “divine.”

Smuttynose Straw-Barb Shot Weisse
A delightfully funky, tart Berliner weisse washes over the tongue, trialed by fruity strawberry and earthy rhubarb. If you’re slicing into a strawberry-rhubarb pie this season, this beer (if you can still find it) is a must-try pair. It’s also a delicious example of the up-and-coming fruited Berliner weisse, or “Florida weisse” as some have called it.

New Glarus Wild Sour Ale
Sour ales are a lot of fun to drink, especially the uber-puckering variety. But, this year we began to appreciate balanced sours—or, at least sours with enough malt and flavor depth to cushion the tongue. New Glarus Wild Sour Ale was the best of the best in 2013: A collection of flavors complement the sour wash, including plum, blood orange, dried hay, soft oak and caramel. It’s far from a two-note lemony, funky sour beer.

 

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Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.

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