As sour beers proliferate in the market, the search for a quantitative yardstick to determine acidity has intensified. Could Titratable Acidity, or TA, a measurement borrowed from the wine industry, be the answer?
Brouwerij Rodenbach brewmaster Rudi Ghequire talks about the beverages that inspired a new beer designed to be paired with food: a Flanders Red aged for an additional six months on cherries, raspberries and cranberries.
Playing off the tart green apple and caramel notes commonly found in sour red ales, The Devil’s Cup includes these flavors, yet still maintains its integrity as a mixed drink. The goal is to use the beer as one would use any other ingredient in a cocktail: with a balanced touch.
What’s better than an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day? A frozen beersicle. Start with an IPA, a Sour, a Porter or a Stout, add ripe fruit or cocoa nibs, maybe some coconut milk, cream, and a touch of sweetener, and you have Paletas.
As innovations in craft beer yield new styles and ever-more complex flavor profiles, the most creative mixologists in the country have added beer to their palette, and the results are packed with inimitable flavors and textures.