I’m going to be upfront and honest from the get-go … I’m not a big fan of sour beer! But in the interests of balance (and to broaden my horizons) I have collected a small sample of locally brewed sour beers to review for hoppiness.co.nz. First cab off the rank is Baylands Brewing Slackline Boysenberry Gose. Pink Himalayan sea salt has been added in to offset the tartness provided by fresh Hawke’s Bay boysenberries. Balance is a characteristic to look for when drinking beer so it was quite a cool experience evaluating it in a sour beer. My view is that they have achieved their goal. While the beer is initially sour, it doesn’t linger too long as the salt washes across the backend to provide that all important balance. The boysenberry flavour is just right, not too strong … perhaps this is best described as a sour glass of Ribena?
About The Author
Mark Gower ‘aka Crafty Mark’ had his passion for beer ignited with selection to the New World Beer and Cider Awards as an associate judge in 2016. Keen to share the knowledge gained at the judging table, Mark started a weekly video blog which featured on the New World Facebook page. The blogs set out to dispel some of the myths around craft beer and bring new drinkers to the category. Being selected to judge at the prestigious Malthouse WCIPA challenge in 2019 stands out as one of his favourite moments so far…it also happens to be one of his favourite styles when enjoying a cold beer with friends. Mark hopes to start brewing his own beer soon using a recently purchased 50L brew house…watch this space!
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