TWB Beer Club: April Showers Bring May Sours
Our latest TWB Beer Club theme, “April Showers Bring May Sours,” put a spotlight on the wonderful world of sour beers. Strategist Colin Parajon, Account Executive Gillian DeRario, and I asked McCanners to bring a sour beer (or light beer for our friends participating in the office “Project Fit” challenge) to the meeting for sampling and scoring.
Sour beers are winning taps in bars all over the city—and with good reason. From mildly tart to full-on pucker-inducing, sour beers come in dozens of varieties and are a welcome alternative to the bitter arms race of popular craft IPAs. Plus, showers rhymes with sours :).
McCanners from Account, Strategy, Project Management, Craft and Creative dropped by to share and sample beers from breweries as close as Queens and as far as San Diego.
One of the best parts of Beer Club is that we almost never agree on favorites. One of the more divisive beers was Finback Brewery’s “The Sun Is Too Bright,” a Black Gose brewed with lemon peel and aged 10 months in red wine barrels, which got a love-hate reaction. McCanners jotted down their overall reactions to the brews they sampled. Here are our favorite tasting highlights:
· Starts like juice, ends like cardboard (Smuttynose Blackberry Short Weisse)
· Sourdough? (Two Evil Geyser Gose)
· Tastes like perfume (Eternal Return)
· Cowboy-ish (Newburgh Rodeo Wild)
· Supa Sour!! (Victory Sour Monkey)
As with every meeting, we give a prize to the person whose beer scored the highest. This month, Gillian won with her Victory Sour Monkey and took home a keg-shaped growler from Beer Table, our favorite beer shop here in midtown.
Be on the lookout for next month’s Beer Club meeting recap in May! We’ll continue our refreshing trend and spotlight fruit beers as we fully claw out of the wretched New York winter.