Sour beers are meant for summer! With a refreshing zingy bite, they liven up the palate, offering mouth-watering, thirst-quenching joy and traditional barrel-aged Belgian sours can deliver an explosion of flavours with amazing, almost unparalleled complexity.
Since starting in 2011, Redchurch has been one of London's most innovative, ahead-of-the-game breweries with a tap room in Bethnal Green that showcases their core and latest beers, along with great food and live music. At the same location, they brew a range of sour beers under the Urban Farmhouse label, using their house strain of Lactobacillus bacteria. All other beers are produced at their newer site in Harlow, Essex, opened in 2016.
Urban Farmhouse Plum Stone Sour (5% ABV) is a superb example of a sour beer, traditionally made in open-top fermenters. Hazy peach/light gold in colour, the beer has a funky, fruity and floral nose with light plum notes and a hint of violets. The palate is fresh, tangy and tart with a red plum character plus a touch of parma violets, plum skins and an edge of farmhouse earthiness, while the carbonation is light and not aggressive. Serve this well chilled for ultimate refreshment!
Although in limited supply now, it's well worth seeking out if there's any still available, otherwise their other sours offer great alternatives.