Quebec’s Essential Sour Beer List
Beer – In case you’ve been off planet for the last year, sour beer has become all the craze. We’re almost reluctant to tell you about it considering that the more you know the less there is for us to drink. Let us hope that Quebec brewers will continue producing these mouth-watering delights, what my friends and I like to call, “lip-smackers”. Firstly a little backstory for the uninitiated: brewmasters use something called brettanomyces and lactobacillus, a wild yeast and bacteria, to brew this divine substance. Brett gives it that leathery, farm-like flavour while the lactobacillus gives it a distinctly sour property, hence the smacker, as it’s known colloquially. In the last year, Quebec has had a surge in sour beer production, it’s really taken off. Trust us when we tell you to try all of the following and don’t look back. Some people end with the best, but here at MTL Times, we start with it.
Brasserie Dunham – Berliner Melon Weisse & Berliner Mango Weisse
Brasserie Dunham has outdone themselves again and again in producing what is literally the “crème de la crème” of the sour craft beer experience with their Quebec take on a Berliner Weisse (German sour beer from Berlin duh…).
Pit Caribou – Gose IPA du Barachois
Now, Gose for the uninitiated, another German invention, pronounced Goh-ZEH. A variety of sour brewed with coriander and salt, sound weird? It isn’t, its f&%*ing fantastic and Pit Caribou, which hails from the Gaspé, nailed it with this complex mixture.
Espace Public has birthed the trifecta of sour beers from its craft womb. Their sour blonde, hoppy sour and of course, raspberry sour, have set the standard for Montreal’s beer production, you’ve probably noticed them all over the city. Well priced, at only a couple bucks a can, there’s no reason to not stay well stocked or bring something interesting to a party.