Maybe it’s the company I keep or maybe it’s just that time of year but for someone who claims to not really like sour beers, I keep finding myself drinking and enjoying them. I think they’re really starting to grow on me. I do tend to like the fruitier ones so when I come across a fruit sour, I just have to give it a try. When I heard Red Collar Brewing made a Cherry Sour, I picked one up as soon as I could.
Red Collar Brewing is located right in the heart of downtown Kamloops. For all you dog lovers, the name of the brewery is a tribute to the family dog. They have a black lab named Goosey who’s always worn a red collar. He can even be found hanging out in the tasting room from time to time. It would be Goosey that is depicted in the silhouette on the bottle’s label.
The Cherry Sour is described on the bottle as a kettle soured ale fermented on tart red cherries. This light bodied beer has fruity aromas with a subtle blend of sweet and tart flavours. It has an alcohol content of 7% and an IBU of 10. When I poured it into my glass, I got quite a lot of head that quickly vanished to a thin ring around the edge of my glass. The colour was a light pinky orange and a slight haze to it. I found this beer smelled a little boozy and the cherry aroma to be quite subtle. I found the smell reminded me of a fruity red wine.
I was surprise to see how mild of a sour this beer is. When I see the word sour, I expect to pucker. I got a little tartness but it wasn’t enough to make me pucker. The cherry flavour is quite light as well. When you sip the beer, the cherry flavour is there but it’s quite subtle. The cherry flavour lingers, giving you a stronger cherry aftertaste. This beer is definitely a very subtle blend of the tart and fruity. It’s a great summer sipper if you’re looking for something light and refreshing. Don’t be intimidated by the word “sour”.
Red Collar is quite popular in the Thompson/Okanagan that they don’t ship a whole lot of product down to the coast. There are several liquor stores around town that carry Red Collar and a list of the local retailers can be found on their website. Since the Cherry Sour is a limited release, I suspect there will be a very small number of bottles to be found on the coast. I suggest grabbing a bottle if you can and give it a try yourself.