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Emporium Brewing Drop, Cover, Hold Tropical Sour



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What to expect:

Passionfruit, berries and a hint of spice

Judges Comments:

The relatively young Kaikoura brewery has proved themselves the real deal with a second straight appearance in the Top 30. This tropical sour is exactly that – but with a twist: the tropical fruit flavours come from a crazy Norwegian yeast called kveik (difficult to pronounce but it’s like Kuwait, if it was spelt Kuwhyk). The sourness is very light, just a brisk acidity really and the fruit character is passionfruit, pineapple with a hint of spice. And the name? Well that’s what you do when a big earthquake hits, like the one that toppled over a fermenter filled with this beer in 2016 – it was Emporium’s first, very small commercial brew.

Pairing Recommendation:

Slightly sour and with fresh topical notes, this unusual beer with its lively carbonation is dying for some oily fish such as mackerel or salmon. Add a bit of cream and some potatoes in the form of a smoked fish pie and you're in heaven.