The Irish Heather Sour ale is a representation of traditional Neolithic indigenous ales. It’s a true Gruit, in that it uses heather tops in place of hops to balance the sweet, rich malts. The addition of peat-smoked barley replicates the rudimentary turf-fired stones used in the brewing process at the time. Heather flowers are added to innoculate the ale with wild yeasts to produce the characteristic sourness of the ancient ales.
Rich complex flavours of tart cherries and dark fruits with an underlying earthyness from the heather and peat smoke. Sour, yet sweet. Herbal, but fruity. Some describe this beer to be more ‘vinous than beery,’ and like a fine wine, this beer continues to improve with age. Note: allowing the glass to ‘breathe’ prior to consumption will produce a noticable change in aroma from earthy to fruity.
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