Manage episode 243548813 series 1946597
Finally...an episode that has given us the most complete education on sour beers. We met up with Alex Wallash at, Deccicos & Sons in Brewster, NY. Alex is a founder, brewer, innovator and surfer from The Rare Barrel, in Berkley California. The sours produced at The Rare Barrel are some of the finest and most innovative we've experienced.
RARE BARREL: "We are an all-sour beer company. Sour beer is our favorite style of beer. The flavors produced by this unique fermentation and aging process cannot be replicated in any other food or beverage. Due to the involved process, sour beer is not often a commonly brewed style, making it difficult to find. We’d like to help change that.
Aside from our personal preferences for the beer, there are also practical reasons for going all-sour. By focusing completely on sour beer, we can concentrate on learning as much as possible about the reasons why those unique flavors are produced in sours. With our entire focus on sours, we have crafted a cellar around the production of sour beer. Our space is dedicated to the conditioning of barrel-aged sour beers. With high ceilings, a moderate climate and plenty of space, we give our barrels an ideal home to create their unique flavors.
It’s been said that constraint breeds creativity. By adopting a singular focus on crafting sour beer, we plan on thoroughly exploring flavors through both conventional and experimental methods to create exciting new beers.
Periodically, we will organize an extensive search (tasting) of our barrel house to find our finest barrel of sour beer. A team of craft beer enthusiasts, sour-heads, homebrewers, brewers, BJCP judges, cicerones, and foodies will taste through our barrel house and select our finest barrels of sour beer. Once the “Search Party” has determined the top barrels of sour beer, the founders of The Rare Barrel will taste them, and name the finest of the final barrels as “The Rare Barrel.”