The 10 Best Fruited Sours of 2022
Astonishingly in our list of "The Top Ten Styles of 2021," beers in the Sour - Fruited category clocked in fourth overall with just a hair over 3M check-ins. Interestingly enough, these tart renditions, known for leveraging a cornucopia of different fruits, were the only "non-IPA" style to make it into the top five of the year.
The normal brewing rules do not apply when it comes to sour, so it seems these often tongue-twisting and cheek-puckering beers are continuing to attract craft beer fans.
You probably won't be surprised to see sour pros topping this list including Evil Twin Brewing NYC and Mortalis Brewing Company.
These are breweries who have perfected the pucker.
But First, What Is a Fruited Sour?
Sour beers in general leverage natural microflora like Brettanomyces (often known as just Brett), Lactobacillus (often referred to as "lacto"), or Pediococcus (sometimes known just simply as "pedio") to create the incredible funky and intense flavors.
Brewers can introduce that bacteria themselves, making the beer a kettle sour. Or they can let nature do the work by introducing the beer to the wild, open air, often called spontaneous fermentation.
But it's the crucial act of adding fruit that makes a fruited sour.
Did we mention that fruited sours often incorporate a myriad of produce? We've seen everything (and we mean everything), including: peaches, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango, plums, passionfruit, pineapples, lychee…the shopping list goes on and on.
We've only scratched the surface of possibilities here. But we'll let breweries like Evil Twin and Mortalis, who dominate this list, continue to wow us with their wonders.
Untappd's 10 Highest-Rated Fruited Sours of 2022
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