Ipswich based Big Drop Brewing Co., the UK’s first brewing company dedicated exclusively to making only the finest <0.5% ABV beer, continues to break new ground for low ABV drinks with the launch of a sour beer.
“Whilst the style is a popular one with many existing brands on the market, brewing a sour beer to just 0.5%ABV has taken a lot of planning and expertise,” commented Big Drop Founder Rob Fink. “Our Master Brewer, Johnny Clayton, continues to challenge the norm so that we can offer a range of popular beer styles for those who are choosing to cut back on their alcohol consumption and the sour is an outstanding example of responding to current consumer trends. Just because someone may be cutting out or cutting back on alcohol doesn’t mean to say that they have to cut back on variety and taste.”
Sour is the fifth beer in the Big Drop range and is now available as a limited edition seasonal offering. It follows the successful launches of Spiced Ale and Lager and the award-winning Stout and Pale Ale.
Big Drop sour is a very delicate, light summer beer which is inspired by the Berliner Weisse style. Brewer Johnny Clayton wanted to create the ultimate refreshing summer beer without the aggression of some sours on the market. “It’s made in a totally different way to other sours that drinkers may be used to” continued Fink “and Johnny worked hard to get the balance right. It’s not a kettle sour or wild bacteria ferment but his unique brewing style has created a gentle sour which is the perfect addition to our range.”
Big Drop sour is light, refreshing and tart. It has a citrus aroma with a smooth, juicy tartness in the finish. It is crisp, dry and perfect on a hot summers day and is ideal to accompany something tangy like a good stinky cheese or seafood with a squeeze of lemon.
The label imagery follows the theme of previous branding which takes its inspiration from Fink’s Suffolk background. It features Saxtead Mill, near Woodbridge, and is designed from original lino-cut artwork from local landscape artist Helen Maxfield.