There were quite a few events this week. Many of em to packed houses. A big one for me was Sour Sunday hosted by Central City Taphouse. Not only did they host sours from Brewery Vivant but the brewers from Paw Paw Brewing showed up a bit later sharing their Red Barn Sour.
Early in the evening Rick the brewery ambassador spent time with Jenny Parker from Imperial beverage exploring the beers to come. Craft beer, unlike mass produced beer, is rarely ever pasteurized. This is even more important in sour beers where the aging of the beer can provide an entirely new experience as the bacterias do their work. Often in a brewery that invests in a fair amount of soured beers, blending is a common practice between batches to find the best mix of flavors between the different age ranges of brews.
Of their offerings on Sunday I found the Paris to be my favorite. Although this might be because the citrus notes present went so well with the thai peppers appetizer on Central City’s bar menu (becareful of the hot ones, they sometimes have a kick). The Escoffier was offered as part of this flight as well. This was the collaboration brew between Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing, brewed for the release of New Belgium in Michigan.
Shortly after Trevor And Ben from Paw Paw arrived Russ from Right Brain showed up. It was quickly turning into a great night to spend time talking sour beers. I am sure I have mentioned this before but it is Kalamazoo Beer Week, you never know who you might run into.