Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) recently announced that they have expanded their Core Lineup with the addition of Pale Sour Ale.
To ensure that this mixed fermentation sour beer was worthy of becoming the newest Year-Round offering from Brewery Ommegang, Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and the master blenders at Brewery Liefmans – Ommegang’s sister brewery located in Oudenaarde, Belgium – spent a great deal of time together developing the recipe and process for Pale Sour Ale. This brewing brain trust decided to ferment this offering in open copper vats, age it for several months in stainless steel tanks, and then “blend new batches with older ones until the optimal balance of flavors is reached.” Their efforts result in a 6.9% ABV American Sour Ale “that drinks much like a fine white wine” thanks to a flavor profile that displays “an elegant interplay of sweet and sour.”
“Pale Sour is an elegant, drinkable sour beer, unique in that it’s not wood-aged. It has a well-balanced blend of sweet and sour. Liefmans is such a historic, iconic brewery and having the opportunity to work with them has been an honor and very enjoyable.”
– Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang
Pale Sour Ale will officially launch at Brewery Ommegang on Saturday, April 29. If you are not in the Cooperstown area, you can expect to find this offering shortly thereafter in 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Ommegang’s distribution area. Pale Sour Ale has promise to be quite the special beer, so be sure to keep an eye out for this one while on those beer runs. Prost!
Vital Information for Pale Sour Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Release – Year-Round, launching late-April 2017
Style – American Wild/Sour Ale (blended)
ABV – 6.9%
Treatment – Mixed culture fermentation, aged for several months in stainless steel tanks, blended
Availability – 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles & draft
Confirmed Distribution – FL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, VA, plus Washington D.C. & U.S. Virgin Islands
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pale Sour’s balanced acidity is a perfect accompaniment to a charcuterie board and a tasty contrast to rich, fatty foods. Try pairing with duck, ribeye, blue cheese, and rich chocolate desserts.”
Suggested Glassware – Teku glass