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Sours in the Chicago area

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

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  1. yock

    yock Initiate (39) Jun 22, 2005 Indiana

    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.
  2. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    see jolly pumpkin's entire lineup
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  3. readbaron

    readbaron Initiate (0) May 12, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Jolly Pumpkin is your best bet for local sours

    You can also find a lot of tasty belgian sours:
    3 fonteinen
    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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  4. yock

    yock Initiate (39) Jun 22, 2005 Indiana

    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.
  5. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    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...
  6. boilermakerbrew

    boilermakerbrew Meyvn (1,293) Aug 13, 2010 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    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.
  7. marcgo2

    marcgo2 Initiate (73) Nov 16, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Madame Rose
  8. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,961) May 30, 2005 Michigan
    Supporter Subscriber

    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.
  9. yepbye2

    yepbye2 Initiate (175) Feb 23, 2011 Illinois
    Supporter Beer Trader

    Cisco Lady of the Woods. It won gold at GABF in 2012 too.
  10. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    Pricey at $5-$6 per bottle, but Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge should be available and is mighty tasty.
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  11. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
    ¬°Bad Trader! Beer Trader

    I just bought a 4 pack for 21.99 but oh so good!
  12. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Meyvn (1,165) Feb 8, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Pipeworks is killing it with their Berliners.
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  13. bertram

    bertram Aspirant (228) Dec 18, 2010 Illinois
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    I'd second this recommendation - great sour.
  14. bootlegger1929

    bootlegger1929 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2010 Illinois

    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....
  15. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    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.
  16. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Timmemans Oude Geuze too

    EDIT: See Mike's comment above
  17. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Champion (835) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    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.
  18. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Champion (835) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    Big recommendation for ordering directly from Cascade. They've got my shipping address memorized I'm sure.
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  19. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (538) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    Flower Child was my Favorite of PW's Berliners to Date!
  20. yock

    yock Initiate (39) Jun 22, 2005 Indiana

    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
  21. readbaron

    readbaron Initiate (0) May 12, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Every once in a while two brothers does a sour, but only askew has been tasty.
  22. yock

    yock Initiate (39) Jun 22, 2005 Indiana

    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.....
  23. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    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! :stuck_out_tongue:

    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.
  24. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    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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  25. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    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.
  26. 0zzzie19

    0zzzie19 Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2008 Illinois

    No mention of Duchesse De Bourgogne?
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