Pucker up for Brattleboro, VT.

img_4005Sours, not everyone’s cup of beer. However, they have a fun history and each one can have a wide range of fruitiness, tartness, tangy qualities and much more. For a list of different classifications, and some reviews on other sour styles check our Tasting Day -Sours post. For now, let me tell you a little bit about a great New England brewery that focuses mainly on Sours.

Welcome to Hermit Thrush Brewery. Located almost in the center of Downtown Brattleboro on 29 High Street. I stumbled on this place quite accidentally, but it was a great stop. If you visit their website at Hermitthrushbrewery.com you will be able to see a bit about their history and a glimpse inside their establishment.  Also, you can read about this more in my next article on Brattleboro.

For now, I hope you can enjoy a few of their specimens, I sure did.


img_4003Rowdy Monk

Belgian Quad

14.5% ABV


This tastes like sour honey, in a good way; it’s viscous and tart. Taking a whiff, the quad nose comes across strongly.




truthy-cardinalTruthy Cardinal

Sour Ale


The nose on this came across light, with a hint of fruitiness. The tastes was a bit paradoxical, in that it was juicy, yet it there was a creamy light finish. The tangy residue hits the back of your tongue quite nicely.



dizzy-vicarDizzy Vicar

Belgian Dubbel


This sour finishes like a dubbel with a pleasant syrupy finish. It was tart with a Belgian strong sweetness.



stickney-kriekStickney Kriek

Sour Ale


The nose on this sample was also light, with hints of sweet tartness on the nose. This sour had strong notes of vinegar with a prevailing sweetness. It finished dry, tart and bready.


So if you are planning on a new, interesting and local brew, make the trip to Brattleboro, Vermont. Love it or hate it, its an experience to savor.


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