A few weeks back I talked about my trip to San Diego and my trip to The Best Damn Beer Shop. It was a truly great experience as I asked for some assistance so I wouldn't have to spend an hour browsing beers that I had no intention of buying. A dude came down from the little upstairs office and helped point me in the direction of local Sours! Boy-o-boy did he hook me up!
I grabbed the last Lost Abbey-Red Poppy on the shelf which is a beer that I've been trying to get my hands on for a long time. My understanding is that this beer originated from an English Mild ale called Dawn Patrol Dark that Tomme Arthur created a long time ago to appease his Pizza Port drinkers that would request Newcastle Brown Ale. He then took this recipe, tweaked it, put it in a barrel with funky Brett, and sour bacteria and dumped in a shit ton of cherries!
The creation of Red Poppy reminds me of another story that I've heard rumored about.... New Belgium La Folie. I'd heard that they had a barrel of Fat Tire go funky and they liked the results so much that they created a Sour beer recipe based on that accident which eventually turned into the amazing La Folie! I guess the thing that I take from all this is that when you make a sour beer you must first start with a solid base beer and then figure out how to tweak the recipe in order to produce a phenomenal sour beer.
Back to my beer haul....I picked up another bottle of Russian River Supplication (another beer aged in a barrel on cherries). At the Whole Foods in Encinitas I stumbled upon a HUGE score...a Logsdon Brewery Seizoen Bretta! Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is the brain child of Wyeast founder David Logsdon who opened up his Organic brewery about a year ago and took the time, money, and hassle of shipping traditional Lambic region Schaerbeek cherry trees from Belgium (or France)? Anyways...pretty crazy and I couldn't believe I got me a bottle of this!
I got me a bottle of He'Brew Funky Jewbelation with is a Blend of a bunch of different beers aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels. I just found out we'll we seeing that locally hear in Mpls...but oh well.
I got a Funky Tripel from Anchorage brewing, Saison Rue and Saison De Lente from The Bruery, Upright Four and Seven, Pizza Port Mongo DIPA, and Green Flash Palate Wrecker!
Bam! What a hook up!