Why are Sour Beers weirdly loved by people who don’t like beer?
As many other people who geek out with beverages, we tend to like to share. Sharing not just the delicious libation for its flavor but also to change minds and see reactions. This is in part that with this liquid food is very easy to prove one’s point with a sip, but also necessary to get the point across. Flavors don’t lie, it is not an argument one needs to discuss to get an idea across, it is a matrix plug.
I have noticed a peculiar glitch in the way people will like Sour Beers. Often a regular beer drinker, might be too weirded out by the funky acidity going, usually followed by some exclamation that I am crazy to like such unusual beers.
In contrast, sharing a Fantome or Evil Twin to that person who never drinks beer can change their life. “I never knew beer could be like this”.
The irony is that what is often seen as the final stage in beer appreciation, and thought of as too intense to be enjoyed, can be the most pleasing to the populace who wants nothing to do with all the other malt hop combinations that they should have tried before meeting a weirdo like me who forced them to drink Loverbeer.
The journey is manifestation.
First of all we need to remember that this step by step process that starts with ipa then imperial stout then a whatever horizontal hefeweizen combinations in between with dabbles in sour barrel bagged beers ending in finally not being disgusted by Lambics is not a true beer hierarchy. These styles have only very recently come to be sold in the same shops and drunk by the same person. These styles from disparate European regions are still very much drunk only regionally, one has to go out of their way to craft only beer specialty shops to drink like an american.
Another reason for this is this video game system of drinking beer is sort of ranked by price. If you keep getting more enthusiastic and then more willing to splurge, the beers will invariable get happier, more alcoholic, intense, but then ending up with well made sour beers at end. Bruery is not cheap. (Yes I know Berliner Weisse can be affordable but overall)
Maybe, just well made.
Lambics have had a long time to come into their style, they take a long time and are very much a true artisan product.
Newer sour beers also need to be well made. A craft brewery can get away with releasing a half-assed double malted single hop amber ale. A shitty Gose (hopefully) won’t be rereleased.
Recently when sharing (Drugged beer) with a friend who is fairly new to the world of craft beers, scoffed at it. He laughed that he wouldn’t drink such fruity girly drink. It took me a while to understand, I mean.. This is SOUR beer. But it’s just that, being sour doesn’t mean it is hard to appreciate. A wine cooler can have acidity, throw some pineapple juice in Coors and you’ve got a sour beer right?
This is a scary thought, but one worth giving us nightmares. We are drinking exclusive beers, right?
Comparing to the circle of taste reverting back to sweet.
There is a school of thought about a wine drinker’s development. It starts with liking simple and fruity wines; then moving to bigger and bolder; than even bigger and bolder; than to understanding the differences of complexity; than appreciating subtle flavors; then at some point they are confident to drink sweet wines again, since they come to point that they are past ridicule and can discern the true qualities. Anyone will like a Sauternes is high quality, nuanced and yes very sweet too.
Something for everyone?
Are we seeing something with that here?