The Bitter Truth About Sour Beer

first_img Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Editors’ Recommendations The intense world of sour beer includes ales with creative stylistic names like lambic, geuze, Berliner weisse, wild ale and Flanders red ale. These beers rely on old-world techniques to create a tart, tongue twisting experience that is a welcome diversion from the hop-heavy trajectory favored by most American craft breweries.In the formative years of brewing, all beers had some sour component due to the inability to prevent wild yeast strains and bacteria from entering the brewing and fermenting processes. In the modern age, some adventurous brewers are resurrecting these additives to create a new generation of sour beers, not by accident, but to appease a growing class of discerning beer fans.Related Post: Wicked Weed’s FunkatoriumBrettanomyces, or “brett” for short, is a yeast strain that imparts a decided “barnyard” flavor to beer, often described as “horse blanket,” earthy or dirty. For beers celebrated for “funk,” brettanomyces is most often the secret ingredient behind the bitter mustiness. Beers that include brett are often straw dry and incorporate light-fruit flavors. For a fabulous brett-forward beer experience, try Russian River Sanctification, an American wild ale that is fermented 100% by brettanomyces yeast.Lactobacillus is a bacteria that, similar to yeast, consumes the sugars found in the pre-beer solution known as wort. Instead of converting sugar to alcohol, lactobacillus instead coverts sugars to lactic acid. Lactobacillus is the same bacteria used in kimchee and yogurt and creates the slight sour turn found in milder sours like goses and Berliner weisses. For a lactobacillus tasting, give Justin Blåbær by Evil Twin Brewing a try.Pediococcus is a bacteria as well, and also creates lactic acid. But it’s more of a souped-up big brother of lactobacillus and produces much more lactic acid in a shorter amount of time. That aggressive nature results in much harsher tastes and aromas. Seek out a traditional Belgian lambic or one of the Allagash Brewing Coolship-series beers which are fermented in a traditional open-air style to experience pediococcus at its fullest.For first time sour beer drinkers, the flavors can be very intense, sometimes shockingly so, but it’s amazing how quickly palates adapt and learn to appreciate new experiences. So, get out of your comfort zone and use your sour beer knowledge to impress your friends and try some new styles. Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking Aboutlast_img read more

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The Latest USC open to modifying LA Coliseum name change

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on controversy over plans to change the name of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (all times local):2 p.m.The University of Southern California says it’s amenable to accepting the wishes of veterans and modifying a name change for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as long as corporate sponsor United Airlines agrees.USC issued a statement Friday after United Airlines offered to withdraw from a $69 million agreement over criticism that the change would dishonour the facility’s history as a World War I memorial.The university said it would accept the name United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum instead of the planned United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.USC noted that the contract would have to be modified but didn’t elaborate.Naming rights are part of USC’s long-term lease that calls for extensive renovations of the nearly century-old stadium.Criticism of the name change grew this week after the commission’s president wrote a strongly worded commentary.___12:11 p.m.United Airlines is offering to withdraw from a divisive $69 million deal to rename Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.The airline wrote to the University of Southern California on Friday after criticism that putting a corporate name on the stadium is disrespectful to its history as a memorial to soldiers who fought and died in World War I.The name change is part of USC’s extensive, $270 million overhaul of the nearly century-old landmark.United Airlines California President Janet Lamkin says in the letter that the company saw the deal as a way to partner with USC in modernizing the iconic facility.The coliseum has hosted two Olympics and been home to major sports teams.The Associated Press has requested comment from USC.The Associated Press read more

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