Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Few Tickets Remain For Saturday's April Sours!

The science of beer is not required study to appreciate Jimmy's No. 43's April Sours event coming up next Saturday, April 16. However, many drinkers of great beer like to know a little something about how beer is made in order to appreciate the nuances of that particular brew. Thanks to our friends at Beer Menus, here's a brief primer:

To create beer, you basically need only four ingredients: malt, hops, water, and yeast. The history of brew making starts with naturally occurring yeast production (prior to the 19th Century, yeast had not been isolated as an ingredient necessary to create beer). Today roughly five strains of yeast are used in most commercial beers. However, some Belgian breweries still kick it old school, literally throwing open the windows to their vats to allow wild yeast strains to float in and mix with the brew ingredients. These breweries have discovered more than 200 strains of yeast in these particular beers, which are very labor intensive to create and generally cost a lot more than a typical bottle of ale as a result.

These particular beers are known as lambics and sour beers. They have a refreshing, spring-like tang to them, and they change flavors from year to year, as would be expected. This is why Jimmy's No. 43 takes such delight in providing them to our customers every spring.

There are only a few specially priced $60 tickets remaining for the event. We will have a limited number of full-price tickets ($80, cash only) at the door. For more information on the beers being offered during the April Sours, check out our earlier blog post.