Welcome to 24 Days of Beer, in which we guide you through what might be a very dark month. Aren’t you glad we’re here to tell you what to drain your sorrows with?
Well, I made it 18 days without recommending a sour. And it hasn't been easy. Yes, I'm definitely a seasonal beer drinker and as such my style preference changes with the leaves. Hence the fact I've advocated for a plethora of darker than your soul beers in this space.
But I also really like sours. And so I was appropriately stoked when I heard that East Van's Electric Bicycle Brewing was releasing a cranberry jam sour made for the holiday season. Not every winter beer has to be a stout, and Electric Bicycle has garnered a well-earned reputation (at least in my house) for being an excellent purveyor of sours (their beet sour from awhile back remains one of the best of that type I've ever had).
And even if the cranberry jam sour doesn't quite measure up to that high watermark, it's exactly as refreshing, fruity and tart as it should be.
Also props to Electric Bicycle for putting out a holiday four-pack with four different beers (why don't more breweries do this??). I am legally obligated to tell you that the pack also includes a stout (the amazingly named and designed Clone Wars Irish Stout—way to capitalize on the current popularity of The Mandalorian) that is quite pleasant.
So yeah, Electric Bicycle very much delivers on what holiday drinking should be, even if it's not conventional.
Previous 24 Days of Beer:
Tmavý Pivo 13 by Slowhand Brewing (No.1)
Mint Chocolate Stout by Moody Ales (No.2)
All Season Nitro Dry Stout by Container Brewing (No.3)
Four Year Oatmeal Stout by Strathcona Beer Company (No.4)
Idleback Amber Ale by Slackwater Brewing (No.5)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter by Bad Tattoo Brewing (No.6)
Velour Toboggan Blackberry Dark Ale by Dageraad Brewing (No.7)
Imperial Gingerbread Porter by Persephone Brewing (No.8)
Cranberry Mandarin Orange Witbier by Old Yale Brewing (No.9)
Chalet All Day Horchata Blonde Ale by Bridge Brewing (No.10)
Indulgeousness Imperial Stout by Superflux Beer Company (No.11)
Blackberry Export Stout by Vancouver Island Brewing (No.12)
Con Leche Horchata Style Milk Stout by Twin Sails Brewing (No.13)
Haulin' Oats Oatmeal Stout by Main Street Brewing (No.14)
Naughty and Spiced Porter by Russell Brewing Company (No.15)
The Crawl Stout by Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers (No.16)
1709 Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout by Brewhall and Egan's Whiskey (No.17)