Wine & Beer

New festival to feature sour beers from SLO County and beyond

Barrelmeister Mathew Jacobs sniffs a sour beer at BarrelHouse Brewing Co. Courtesy of BarrelHouse Brewing.
Barrelmeister Mathew Jacobs sniffs a sour beer at BarrelHouse Brewing Co. Courtesy of BarrelHouse Brewing.

A new festival showcasing sour beers is attracting strong interest, with participating breweries coming from as far as Oklahoma, and some ticket categories selling out within 15 minutes of going on sale Monday.

The Central Coast Sour Fest, hosted by BarrelHouse Brewing Co. and benefiting Lifewater International, will be held Sept. 24, highlighting the rapid rise in popularity of the tart, oftentimes fruit-infused brews.

Breweries around the state and country are expanding to produce the beers, which are fermented with wild yeasts and bacteria in an often unpredictable process. BarrelHouse recently finished construction on a new building to house its fast-growing sour production and barrel-aging program.

“I didn’t really expect sour beers to take off like they have,” BarrelHouse Co-owner and CEO Jason Carvalho said. “The scale really surprised me.”

More than two dozen breweries from around the state and beyond are participating, including SLO County-based Libertine Brewing Co., Tap It, Tin City Cider Co. and Firestone Walker’s Buellton-based BarrelWorks offshoot.

Backstage, VIP and Early Bird tickets sold out quickly Monday, but $65 general admission tickets can be purchased at centralcoastsourfest.com.

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