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Beer Buzz in print last week did not include: "For an out-of-the-ordinary taste experience, go to Brugge for Ted Miller's Sour Boysenberry. Its mango-peach color and first taste of spicy-fruitiness followed by a slight tongue tinge and a full-bodied smooth finish captivates." A reader who follows us on-line and in print wanted to know why the print version left out mention of Sour Boysenberry, "in a class of its own." Answer: lack of space. "Well, find space to tell us more about sour beers," he admonished. Here it is:

Belgium is the traditional home base for sour beers. Only within recent memory have brewers in the U.S. ventured into lambics, gueuzes and Flemish sour ales.

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) introduced sour categories in 2002. Brewers entered just 15 sour beers. By 2009, there were some 120 entries in four categories: Belgian-style lambic or sour ale, American-style sour ale, German-style sour ale and wood- and barrel-aged sour beer. Award-winning home brewer Mark Schiess has been one of the advocates around greater Indianapolis. Many of us made our initial forays into what sounds like it's undrinkable but ends up making you a fan because of Mark's passion for the delicately balanced sourness from lactic acid and fruit acidity. So we were prepared when Upland entered the market in 2007 with lambics made with Huber Orchards fruits. Every bottle sold. Beer reviewers worldwide gushed and, in the words of Bob Ostrander, "put Upland Brewing on the beer connoisseurs' map." Brewmaster Caleb Staton has "war stories" about brewing lambics. If it was easy everyone would be doing it. Persimmon Lambic will enter the 8-flavor lineup this Fall, joining Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Kiwi, Peach, Raspberry and Strawberry.

July 1 - Sun King celebrates its first anniversary, and Rock Bottom Downtown is tapping American Dream IPA at 6:00 p.m.

July 2 - Crown Liquors Downtown beer tasting, 3:00-7:00 p.m.

July 4 - "Growler Independence Day"

July 7 - Beginner Brewing Class at Great Fermentations, 6:00 p.m.

July 8 - Rock Bottom College Park tapping American Dream IPA, 6:00 p.m.

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