Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
I have been on a huge sour beer kick lately. I guess it’s not just me, it’s the entire U.S. at the moment. Right now sour beers are the current trend in craft brew and if you haven’t ventured past your comfort zone I highly recommend you seek some out. Some common types of sours are Berlinerweiss, Oud Bruin and Lambics.Sour beer are… well sour for one and fermented with certain yeast strains that give them their characters. Lactobacillus and Pediococcus are some of the typical strains that can be found in a sour a beer. All beers that come out of Crooked Stave are fermented with Brettanomyces and aged in oak tanks, some for a year or more.
I stumbled upon these beers somewhat by accident. Our local grocery store has beer and liquor tastings every Friday and a few months back were giving out samples of Colorado Wild Sage and Surette Provision Saison. I was immediately hooked and went to find a couple bottles to take home. Not only am I on a sour kick at the moment I’m also on a Saison kick so the Surette Provision I found extra tasty. It is a golden colored beer with a bit haze and a strong smell of Brett. Sour up front, almost a lemon sour kick to the face. It may have just been my bottle or the batch but it was a bit low on carbonation. These beers are bottle conditioned so that could be the reason for low levels of CO2. The Colorado Wild Sage was just as good with a strong aroma and taste of sage that I would also highly recommend.
If you happen to live in the Denver area, be sure to visit this place and support it. Otherwise be sure to look for these in your grocery store, you won’t regret it. The Crooked Stave website is a bit lacking but check back for updates on new releases and event.s