“Tapping Into Culture” is a bi-weekly video series on Beer and Culture, presented by Sixpoint and VinePair. Check out more episodes in the series here.
In Episode 5 of “Tapping Into Culture,” host and VinePair senior editor Cat Wolinski and Sixpoint’s Max Finnance sit down with a very special guest, Averie Swanson, a Master Cicerone and founder of Keeping Together Beer to discuss all things sour beer.
Swanson defines sour beer as a flavor profile in which acidity and tartness are front and center. The three discuss the differences between sour beers, such as Gose and Gueuze, two very similar-sounding sour styles with very different origins and production.
Sour beer is often seen as a gateway beer for wine drinkers. Swanson explains that there is an interesting overlap between wine and sour beers. The two share high-acidity flavor profiles, as well as other characteristics that encourage pairing with food.
Swanson also discusses the state of Keeping Together, specifically distribution plans for her mixed-culture saisons that are not sour beers. She explains why they will likely not be found in grocery stores — because they require an explanation, and the story behind the beer can only be found in a communal setting, such as small retail stores.
Breweries and beer drinkers interested in supporting Keeping it Together beer can learn more about it here: https://www.keepingtogether.com/
To learn more about Sixpoint’s program “Beer is Culture,” visit sixpoint.com/beerisculture.
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