Mt. Pleasant Series Limited Release -
Kettle Sour Export Stout.
R&B Brewing Co, the original East Van craft brewery, has
ventured into the world of sour beer with their latest limited release. As
part of the Mt. Pleasant Series, the new Kettle Sour Export Stout is a
unique addition to this growing-in-popularity craft beer choice.
Often thought of
as the original beer, 'sour' was the way all beer tasted in early times.
This was due to the bacteria and yeast that organically ended up in the
beer. When pasteurization and refrigeration came along, the sourness
was removed from the beer during the brewing process. With the
trend-shift towards crafted and artisanal food and brews, sour beer has had
a resurgence, and has grown in popularity in BC, and all over North
WHAT IS KETTLE
In Belgium, where
traditional sour beers come from, they still purposely use wild yeast to
create this style. However, traditional methods of souring
are time consuming and expensive. Using wild yeast fermentation, brewhouses
can become infected by these naturally occurring bacterias, which could
cause off-flavours in all the beer that are exposed to these airborne
microbes. The North American craft beer industry, strongly influenced by
Belgium's traditional methods and styles, started to experiment with ways
to minimize the risk, but provide our craft consumer the reward of this
great tasting beer. In its' relentless quest to find a better way, a new
'kettle souring' method was developed, that made the process
accessible to more breweries. This relatively new technique is
used without having to worry about infection or cross contamination in
the brewery. It takes less time, is more cost efficient, and keeps the end
cost down for the benefit of the craft beer consumer.
WHAT MAKES R&B's KETTLE SOUR EXPORT STOUT UNIQUE?
Predominantly North American sour brewers use a lighter bodied ale, or a
fruity brew. Always pioneering, R&B chose to 'kettle sour' an export
stout, which is also known as a double stout. Export Stouts start out as a
nice sessionable, medium bodied ale of about 4 to 5% ABV, and then it's
then pumped-up to an ABV of 7% . Historically speaking, this was done by
the Irish who added more hops, to preserve their stouts for long ship journeys
to their early export markets. The result is roasty, toasty flavours, with
notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and caramel, but with a hint more
bitterness, and a fuller body.
Sour beers have
become popular in BC, with plenty of great ones to choose from.
R&B's new Mt Pleasant Series brew is unique in it's flavour
profile, and very approachable. "What I like about our Kettle
Sour Export Stout, is that is a gateway to sour" says Lundy,
R&B's resident Cicerone. "This is a sipping beer, with so many
flavour complexities that each mouthful is a different mouthfeel from the
last. Full bodied, and as the beer warms up, the malt notes become more
THE WAY WE LIKE TO
Glassware: a brandy
snifter or beer chalice most often used for higher Belgian ales, or a nice
open red wine glass works too.
Well: this could be a stand-alone beer as it has so much
character or would compliment nicely with desserts. Black forest cake
comes to mind as being perfect with it's combo of tartness and chocolate.
Or with bitter chocolate, sea-salted varieties are great, or chocolate
mixed with tart berries like cherry, cranberry, pomegranate.
the kind of beer that your favourite East Van neighbour brings to a bottle
PICK UP A BOTTLE
OR TWO HERE.
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January. Kegs & Growler
fills of the Kettle Sour Export Stout will be available soon at the R&B
NOW AVAILABLE in
650 ml bottles in the following locations: