Brewsday Tuesday: New Belgium showcases sour beers


New Belgium brews La Folie, a sour beer. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • New Belgium brews La Folie, a sour beer.

New Belgium Brewing Company brewer Hal Doss works in the brewery’s wood cellar program and will present and discuss the brewery's sour and wild beers at upcoming local events.

Sour and wild beers are becoming more popular. These beers have unusual flavor profiles ranging from tart and refreshing to intense and complex, like an aged vinegar or wine. Tangy and sharp notes are byproducts of the use of bacteria strains like Lactobacillus in the fermentation process. If part of that process takes place inside wooden barrels that previously held wine or whiskey, additional flavor is added to the beer.

New Belgium has used this process for a number of years, annually releasing sour beers La Folie and Le Terroir, and expanding the brewery’s sour offerings with new variations on the theme.

Doss hosts an event called “Acid Trip” at Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; Sept. 24. The event features La Folie, Le Terroir, Eric’s Ale, a peach-spiked sour ale, and Snapshot, an unfiltered wheat ale with a bit of Lactobacillus that gives it refreshing tang. There also will be a couple of yet-to-be-determined special kegs.

Since it falls on Courtyard’s weekly Bring Your Own Vinyl Night, there will be a panel of judges to decide who brought the best music and New Belgium-sponsored prizes.

Other events include two in the Warehouse District Sept. 25: a beer and food pairing event at Cochon Butcher (930 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-588-7675; from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by a tapping of a special keg at World of Beer (300 Julia St., 504-299-3599; at 9 p.m. The Butcher beer pairing is a casual affair, and several of the restaurant’s small plates will be offered with New Belgium beers, which can be purchased individually or as a full meal.

On Sept. 26, Doss will attend NOLA on Tap, the beer festival benefitting the Louisiana SPCA at New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds.

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