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Sours in the Chicago area

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by yock, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. yock

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    I've recently started drinking sours lately and other than Goose Island's Juliet, haven't really seen many around. Does anyone know of some breweries in the Chicago/NW Indiana area that make some good sours? Thx.
     
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    see jolly pumpkin's entire lineup
     
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    Jolly Pumpkin is your best bet for local sours

    You can also find a lot of tasty belgian sours:
    Tilquen
    3 fonteinen
    Lambickx
    Peturs aged pale
    Rodenbach Grand Cru

    If leelanau golden ale is around, that's another good one (contract brewed by jolly pumpkin)
     
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    I'm going to the MI WInterbeerfest in Grand Rapids next month. Maybe Jolly Pumpkin will bring some sours because I don't think I can get Jolly Pumpkin in Indiana liquor stores.
     
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    Monks Cafe is a decent sour, and pretty readily available. Keep an eye out for New Holland Blue Sunday on your way up to Winter Beer Fest...
     
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    I'm not sure what stores you go to, but I'm pretty sure we (Indiana) get Jolly Pumpkin's whole lineup. That being said, I've only really noticed La Roja on shelves as one of their sours (mainly because I don't know what their other sours are) but LR has seemed to dry up lately. Good luck searching.
     
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    Madame Rose
     
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    Anything that you find from JP will be sour or funky. They don't make anything else that I know of. But they will have different degrees of sourness between their offerings.
     
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    Cisco Lady of the Woods. It won gold at GABF in 2012 too.
     
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    Pricey at $5-$6 per bottle, but Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge should be available and is mighty tasty.
     
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    I just bought a 4 pack for 21.99 but oh so good!
     
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    Pipeworks is killing it with their Berliners.
     
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    I'd second this recommendation - great sour.
     
  14. bootlegger1929

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    Pipeworks Berliners as mentioned above, Cisco sours of any kind are awesome, trade for Russian River, buy some Cascade online.

    also don't count out the overseas sours.. Giraridin Black Label, St Louis Gueuze fond Tradition, Boon Oude Gueuze, Hannssens, Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen, Rodenbach Grand Cru....
     
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    I don't think Timmerman's Oude Gueuze has been mentioned... great beer for the price, reminiscent of beatification. Just don't buy their fruit beers.
     
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    Timmemans Oude Geuze too

    EDIT: See Mike's comment above
     
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    I was aware it won the gold at GABF, and I just had it a couple of nights ago for the first time. Solid, but fairly underwhelming. I'll have to revisit it.
     
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    Big recommendation for ordering directly from Cascade. They've got my shipping address memorized I'm sure.
     
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    Flower Child was my Favorite of PW's Berliners to Date!
     
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    Will definitely hit up New Holland on my way up to the fest next month. I love the recommendations. I needed to be more specific. What Chicagoland/NW Indiana breweries are making any sours? Got the PW and GI/Madame Rose recommendation noted. Thanks
     
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    Every once in a while two brothers does a sour, but only askew has been tasty.
     
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    Yeah, I'm looking for a brewery that's close that I can go to and sit down and drink a sour. I had an awesome BA blackberry sour at the UP fest in Marquette last September but can't remember who made it, Blackrocks maybe? There's suppose to be a brewery opening up in Hobart, IN called THe Devils Trumpet that will specialize in sours, but information is lacking on their progress. I patiently wait.....
     
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    If you're in Chicago and interested in trying sours, pencil this in: http://www.smallbardivision.com/?p=1823 . And yes, I just ruined the event for everyone. Deal with it! :p

    As for other breweries in/around Chicago making sours, I think they have all been named. The Goose Island brewpub has been putting out more and more sours/wilds and they might fill growlers.
     
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    This thread makes me realize there's a huge opportunity for this kind of brewery in Chicago. Of all the breweries in planning I haven't seen one with an all-sour business model, hope we'll eventually get one.
     
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    Also, they're not made locally, but the sours/wilds from The Bruery are fantastic. I'm not seeing as much Oude Tart these days, but Tart of Darkness is still pretty common. And if you really want to relax and drink several glasses of sours, head up to Hopleaf. Probably the best option for finding at least 2-3 (if not more!) sours/wilds on tap (to say nothing of what might be available in bottles). Again, it's not necessarily anything locally made but they're still worth trying.
     
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    No mention of Duchesse De Bourgogne?
     
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