Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) recently announced that they have officially released Bel Air Sour for the first time as a packaged offering.
After over two years of development and an incredibly successful release in 2016 as a draft-only Brewmasters Reserve offering, Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Lab Manager and Microbiologist Drew Bombard have plenty of reasons to be proud of Bel Air Sour. This special brew was meticulously crafted to have “the precise balance of sharp, clean acidity and tropical fruit they dreamed of striking in a sour ale.” They achieved this feat in large part due to the use of the brewery’s house ale yeast, lactobacillus, “and a generous helping of Amarillo dry-hopping.” The beer is then smoothed out with barley and wheat malts “to keep things dry and refreshing, and the whole thing comes together to close with a fine dry finish.” Since fans could not seem to get enough of last year’s limited Brewmasters Reserve release of Bel Air Sour, the brewery decided to brew up a larger batch and put it in bottles this time around.
Bel Air Sour is a Limited Release offering available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, and on draft. You can find this brew for a limited time at craft beer-friendly bars, restaurants and retailers in Florida and throughout the rest of Brooklyn Brewery’s distribution footprint. If the first release of Bel Air Sour is any indicator, this brew will not be hanging around for long. Get you some while you can. Prost!
Vital Information for Bel Air Sour from Brooklyn Brewery
Release – Limited/Seasonal, January 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5.8%
Hops – Challenger, Perle, Mosaic & Amarillo
Malts – American 2-Row & Pale Wheat
Yeast – Brooklyn House Ale Yeast
Additional Ingredients – Lactobacillus
Suggested Pairings – “Sorbets, fruit, classic car design, grilled chicken, throwbacks, snapbacks, snappy comebacks, seafood, goat cheeses, loud shirts, margherita pizzas, and style.”
Availability – 6-packs & 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://brooklynbrewery.com/find