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Caption: One way of viewing the eclipse

The brewery has always been a fan of sours (with several being included on the beer list for our spring festival) but it took three rare celestial events, a supermoon, solar eclipse and spring equinox, before we brewed one.

Aptly named Solar Sour, the latest beer to be added to our limited edition range, was brewed on Friday 20th March and is a take on the classic German Berliner Weisse.

True to style at just 3.3% ABV and very pale in colour Solar Sour is a refreshingly tart cloudy wheat beer with a lemony citric fruit sharpness. The intriguing sourness is a distinguishing feature of Berliner Weisse and is created by fermenting the beer with our house yeast in the presence of lactic acid bacteria. Cold conditioned, carbonated and served from keg Solar Sour is a superb beer for a hot summer’s day.

Let’s now just hope we have the weather to match the beer! Solar Sour will be launched at The Beer Hall on Friday 17th April with a successive launch at our tap takeover and meet the brewer event at North Bar in Leeds on Thursday 23rd April. A damson edition (very very limited quantities) will follow once it has finished ageing.


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