Sour beer’s popularity has soared over the last few years, and many American craft brewers have begun brewing this tart style of beer. In celebration of this unique beverage, Stone Brewing Company has held a Sour Fest for the last three years, most recently this past Sunday, July 19th.
Bill Sysak, the new Beverage Coordinator for Stone, was in charge and really stepped it up by bringing 53 different sours on draft and 38 bottles from the U.S., Belgium and Italy, making it the largest sour beer festival in the world. I asked Sysak about his approach to the festival and things in general at the brewery, “When Greg (Koch) and Steve (Wagner) hired me at Stone, they knew I would make everything at the Bistro bigger, better and more extreme. You haven’t seen anything yet.”
This was the first year that food specifically created for the festival was offered, which included double thick hickory smoked bacon dipped in dark chocolate and Arrogant Bastard cheese brauts served with sauteed onions and peppers. Over 600 guests attended this years festival, and even more are expected next year. Your $30 entry fee included ten tasting tickets and a commemorative glass. For a full list of the beers click here.