Craft beer has taken the nation by storm. With craft breweries numbering in the thousands, freshly brewed, locally-sourced craft beer is just a short drive from the majority of the population. Houston has more than a dozen breweries in the greater metropolitan area and most brew a wide variety of styles. Sour beers are the latest craze, and these breweries serve up some of the best sour beer and sour-flavored beer in the Houston area.
Saint Arnold Brewing’s Boiler Room Berliner Weisse
2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 686-9494
www.saintarnold.com

Light bodied but flavorful, Boiler Room Berliner Weisse is Saint Arnold Brewing’s contribution to the world of sour beer. It’s low in alcohol, but big on flavor, with a nose that emphasizes lemon and other fruits with funky yeast. The taste starts off sweet, but quickly turns tart and sour, certain to cause a pucker on the lips of those who drink it. Some people like to add raspberry syrup to this beer to make it a little sweeter, but whether you drink it with added flavor or straight-up, it’s a great sour beer and one of the Houston area’s best.

Texian Brewing’s Charlie Foxtrot
1125 Farm to Market 359
Richmond, TX 77406
(281) 762-2604
www.texianbrewing.com

Charlie Foxtrot is Texian Brewing’s attempt to brew an authentic sour, and it succeeds on mostly every level. The nose of this beer is one of spice, lemon and other citrus with a flavor that is intensely sour. The alcohol content of Charlie Foxtrot is greater than that of other Berliner Weisse, and that makes it best consumed as a sipping beer. It’s big, bold and stronger in overall flavor and sourness, making it perfect for those who want a more assertive sour beer.

Galveston Bay Beer Co.’s GBBC Gose
12900 FM 3436 Road
Dickinson, TX 77539
(281) 339-3210
www.galvestonbaybeer.com

GBBC Gose beer is Galveston Bay Beer Company’s answer to a sour-flavored brew. This beer is brewed in the Gose style, a type of beer not well known in the United States, but making a comeback. The origins of Gose are German, and GBBC Gose follows the tradition, with a flavor that emphasizes wheat malt salt, and citrus fruit. It is a tasty and refreshing beer that matches perfectly with the hot weather so common to the area.

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Karbach Brewing’s Fieldworks Brett IPA
2032 Karbach St.
Houston, TX 77092
(713) 680-2739
www.karbachbrewing.com

From Houston’s fastest growing brewery, Karbach Brewing, comes Fieldworks Brett IPA. This beer offering is an interesting and complex one, with flavors of citrus, mixed fruit and pine coming through its cloudy body. The Brett yeast makes this beer a little funky in flavor, and the other components make the beer lean toward the sour end of the spectrum, but not as much as other beers. Fieldworks Brett IPA is a complex beer overall and a very good option that everyone in Houston should try.

Buffalo Bayou Brewing’s Summers Wit
5301 Nolda St.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 750-9795
www.buffbrew.com

Buffalo Bayou is known for its creative offerings, and its Summers Wit is a good beer for those times when you want refreshment with a touch of tartness. This beer serves up flavors such as spice, herb, lemon peel and some sour citrus and grapes. In addition to the flavors, Summer’s Wit has a good deal of carbonation and maintains a good deal of body. It’s a good beer for summer, and its tart flavor profile makes it more palatable to those who tire of the sweeter, fruitier beers so common during the warmer months of the year.

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