Edinburgh, Scotland-based Vault City Brewing has released what it claims is “the sourest beer ever” for International Sour Beer Day.
We’re not sure the world was asking for this…but okay.
According to the brewery, Vault Dweller, a 4.3% ABV “Non-Toxic Sour Beer” was inspired by Toxic Waste, a super-sour candy that was popular in the UK between 2000 and 2009.
It’s a “triple sour hit of lemon and lime juice paired with a sour beer base,” Vault City co-founder Steven Smith-Hay, told the Drinks Business…
Vault City bills itself as the home of “Modern Sour Beers” and clearly they are all about them, if you’re looking for an IPA best go somewhere else.
“We’re known for pushing the boundaries of flavor, and The Vault Dweller might be a bit of a shock to the system – but that’s exactly what we’re going for. We like to celebrate all the rich diversity within craft beer, and while this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, this style has carved out a unique space for exploration and creativity that helps open up the category to consumers who haven’t previously enjoyed beer.”
The beer was brewed to celebrate “International Sour Day” (September 20) and since Toxic Waste candy was once a Halloween staple also be available for that holiday.
“At the heart of our beer is the same unique mixed fermentation house culture that’s been propagated and utilized in every Vault City release since the brewery started, and that base beer is full of tropical, sherbet-like flavors that lend themselves perfectly to this type of nostalgic release.”
At a time when the popularity of sour ales are waning in the US, the category is on an upswing in the UK.
“The sour beer category is growing massively in terms of popularity, and we’re out put our unique stamp on it,” Smith-Hay added. “It may not be terribly traditional, but it’s a tried and tested formula that’s proved by the success of our sour beers – one in three sour beers drunk in the UK will be one of ours.”
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