Like war bombers flying below radar, the Good Beer Company’s squadron reached the east side of 4th Street at 1700 hours late October. The payload? An eight-bottle carpet bomb release of tart, funky and fruited sour beer blends. The line outside reached well over a hundred, some finding shelter under trees while ordering takeout from nearby eateries. As the bay doors opened, wallets and credit cards were decimated. I hopped away only losing one leg, making it difficult to carry the dozen bottles back to the nearby parking garage.
The beers? They’re absolutely gorgeous. The four fruited variations of Sangrioro, all drink like a picnic after visiting the farmers market. To the new sour drinker, they’re easily quaffable, slightly tart with notes of fresh fruit dangling on your taste buds. To the beer geek, the soft lactic acidity bounces off the fruit, then French oak, then finishes with the fruit blend. It’s light, effervescent, and most of all, clean. At 4ish% ABV, they’re essentially session beers without the session price. The other bottles released haven’t been touched yet (UXO), but include Fiesta and Siesta, two dry-hopped farmhouse beers to celebrate their first anniversary, and two barrel blends.