Once a month the Four Points Sheraton LAX hosts a beer appreciation night. This month's beer appreciation dinner theme was sour beers. As you can see from the poster there were enough sour beers to make any self-respecting beer geek pucker. Details and pictures from the event are below.
But before I get to the tasting I want to talk about Four Points by Sheraton and their Best Brews program. Four Points by Sheraton LAX is becoming known as "The Beer Hotel" because of their craft beer oriented amenities. When you book your room you can order a beer turn down service and have a chilled beer (they have a wonderful bottle selection) waiting for you before bedtime.
Also, the Best Brews program focuses on local craft beer so when you will be able to drink what the locals drink, no matter where you are. But, Four Points LAX goes a little further. They have 10 California beers on tap, in addition to their extensive bottled beer list, in Brewsters (the hotel bar) and you can find another 6 SoCal beers on tap at the pool!
Sour Beer Appreciation 101
60 people joined The Beer Board poolside for an evening of sour tasting and mussels. These beautiful mussels were only eclipsed by their flavor! Local beer geeks explained each beer before they were poured to give everyone a little dose of history and style information.
I enjoyed tasting every single beer! Some I won't have to taste again but I did find a couple new favorites. Cuvee Des Jocobins Rouge Barrel Aged Sour is a Flanders Red (think Duchesse de Bourgogne or Enigma) was fantastic! If you like raspberries try the Frambois Max by the same brewer. It is full of raspberry flavor without the soda pop-ness found in Lindemans. The other sour stand out is St. Louis Gueze Fond Tradtion. This is a fabulous and pucker producing sour with enough funk character to make it incredibly complex.
These pictures were taken before the event so unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of my favorites but that doesn't take away from their beauty!