SOUR POWER

Plans for our temple of tartness

SOUR POWER

When it comes to craft beer there are plenty of styles that suddenly get embraced by the collective consciousness and become the subject everybody talks about. In fact you could argue that craft beer itself was born of such a moment, when the American public began to discover hoppy pale ales from the likes of Anchor and New Albion in the late 70’s and then Sierra Nevada in the early 80’s. Since then Trappist beer, Double IPA, black IPA, session IPA and now a myriad of saisons have appeared as a result of this beery supply and demand.

But there is one type of beer that remains well and truly of the moment. Sours.

We love sours – and it seems like you share that opinion as well, as every twelve months when #MashTag rolls around, sours leap from the comments thread of our style council. As Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery says - "Sour beers are less than one half of one percent of craft beer. But they are 95% of what craft beer fans talk about now." This is because they are fascinating, delicious, have captured the moment and possibly above all – they have prestige due to how hard they are to brew.

But we aren’t letting that stop us – we are building our own sour facility.

We have secured a site in Ellon across the road from our original 100HL brewery for construction of a stand-alone sour facility, as to fully unleash the unpredictable joys of sours, you really need a separate location. This is because the bacteria and wild yeasts involved are truly voracious; they can become a real problem if they find their way into any part of a regular brewery. So we are going to brew the base beer and then transport it over the road ready for the bacteria, the wood and (above all) time to work their magic.

These three factors are the holy trinity of souring – you obviously need the presence of bacteria or wild yeasts to begin their puckering, souring work – and having a large selection of barrels (such as classic oak foudres) gives them a regular place to hang out, and do their work in peace. And finally, these things simply can’t be rushed. Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus all take time for their flavours to appear and then round out – and we don’t plan on rushing them at all.

We don’t do anything unless we are 100% happy with it, and the decision to embrace sours is one we have taken knowing that we can build a facility that is fully devoted to the wonders of the tart and funky. If you want to do justice to something people are asking for time and again, then you need to give it your all or it’ll peak and trough back into the annals of the forgotten. Sours are here to stay – and we intend to ensure they do with this new project.

Once constructed, we will hopefully have part of the sour facility that is open to the public, so our legion of beer fans can visit and get a better understanding of the sheer joy and unpredictable nature that producing sours can being. Plus we will be serving a range of the resulting beers in DogTap and across our network of BrewDog bars. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a dedicated sours tap in your local BrewDog bar?

So who’s excited about BrewDog sours? And when the building is ready, what should we call our new sour facility?

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Comments (27)

Funky Punk 28.05.2016 @ 10:10pm
Funkdog!
Theresa 28.05.2016 @ 12:48pm
Can't wait! How about Husky for the name?
Jason E 27.05.2016 @ 11:46am
'The Barrel Vault' - Done! Can't wait....
JLat 27.05.2016 @ 2:44am
The Sour Shed or Brett Bunker.
Berndt T 26.05.2016 @ 1:35pm
Sourealistic Palace
Agostino M 26.05.2016 @ 1:32pm
Sourborough
anonymous 26.05.2016 @ 1:18pm
Donald Fars Yer Soors
Tom 26.05.2016 @ 8:12am
The Sour Palace.
Davy Mo 25.05.2016 @ 9:59pm
Sour Puss
Steven R 25.05.2016 @ 9:36pm
Sour Power in a Tower
Maureen 25.05.2016 @ 9:12pm
I would go with The Sour Mash
Jay 25.05.2016 @ 5:39pm
Seconding 'funkytown' for sure
JonM 25.05.2016 @ 3:21pm
Fun Guys' Fungi Farm? (fungifarm.com domain is already reserved)

Phd should on reflection be reserved for your forthcoming beer tasting / serving courses:
BSc - Brewdog Studies Certificate
PhD - Dog Philosopher
Louise 25.05.2016 @ 2:52pm
Does this mean more Blitz Passion fruit? I dream of the sour nectar for the soul nightly!
Jill 25.05.2016 @ 1:15pm
Wow you guys just keep going from strength to strength... Very excited at this news....

What about tart towers
AnonyMoose 25.05.2016 @ 12:03pm
Call it 'Funky Town'!
Chris 25.05.2016 @ 9:53am
Can't wait for this! :-D

Why not simply call it SourDog?
JonM 25.05.2016 @ 12:09am
Name: The Brettanomyceum.

Or more locally: The Skotiamyceum (Greek-ish for Scottish Fungus Joint)

More geeky low pH = acid = sour, so pHdog
Neep 24.05.2016 @ 8:56pm
soor thing

cometh the day, cometh the sour
Bob 24.05.2016 @ 8:55pm
Happy Dayz indeedy ????
Dave 24.05.2016 @ 7:55pm
Awesome sourey news, can't come soon enough!!
Rosemary 24.05.2016 @ 1:58pm
Ooh indeed exciting news. Really enjoy the sours currently available so can't wait for even more tastes to discover. A dedicated tap in both Leeds bars would be great different sour in each bar ;-)

"Sour from doon the road" is the only name I can think of at the moment - not very punk.....wait Sour Punk!
Nash 24.05.2016 @ 1:02pm
This is where all my money will be going for the forseeable future.
Chris 24.05.2016 @ 12:33pm
Any chance they'll be coming out in bottles?
Martin 24.05.2016 @ 12:07pm
A dedicated sour tap? Yes please!

As for a name suggestion, how about "The BrewDog Sourpuss Cattery"?
Mike 24.05.2016 @ 11:21am
Love a good quality sour beer, and i'd love to visit your "land of funk and glory" once its open
Nick 24.05.2016 @ 11:13am
This is good news, I would love to come and visit when it's ready!