Best Sour Beers
Half Moon Bay Brewing Red Sails in the Sunset
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company launched its Ocho Barril series of sour barrel-aged beers in 2016, with each batch producing 420 gallons in eight oak barrels.
It's fermented with a combination of Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pedioccocus to create a mélange of bright acidity and a funky barnyard finish. Red Sails in the Sunset is the third beer in the series, spending 18 months in a pinot noir barrel with the last four months aged upon tart cherries from Michigan. A bright cherry aroma bursts through after pouring, and the reddish brown tint also references the fruit. The flavor brings a fair amount of oaky complexity but the fruit helps to temper the sourness, making this a sipper that, just like Goldilocks would say, is just right.
Sour Rating: 5