Rime of the New Lachancea

Resting Place

Hoppy Mixed Fermentation Sour Ale

Slow Lane Brewing

There is a new kid on the block,

That’s present in this brew;

A yeast that sours and ferments beer

(And bret is in there too.)

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Its effervescent head is white,

Its body is marigold,

It has a little haze as well

And slakes my thirst with cold.

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It smells like plums and apricots

And also bubblegum,

It looks good sitting in the glass,

Now; get into my tum.

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‘Tis sour and fresh right up the front

But quickly turns from fruit–

As sourness soars to savouriness,

And finishes quite brut.

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The dryness is not unpleasant

(Aggressive as it is)

The saline savoury elements

Are urged on by the fizz.

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The malt bill holds it all in hand–

The hops restrained, not zany,

With yeasty funk and acid too

That leaves it not too grainy

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The malt profile is classic sour,

Vienna, pils, flaked wheat;

But hoppy presence in this beer

Is what makes it such a treat.

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For most oft they’re not in this style

Of lightly-soured beer,

But now they can be thanks to this

New yeast called lachancea.

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A strain that eats all simple carbs

The brewers can supply,

Transmuting booze and acid too,

And leaving it quite dry.

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Along with that, you have the bret

That also adds some dryness,

Along with funk and fruit and such

To fancy gullet liners.

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It adds less barnyard than it can

And shows some big restraint,

For when it overtakes the brew

It can cause funky taint.

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The fruitèd notes are interesting,

For there’s none in the beer–

Some comes from yeast, the rest from hops

No extra fruit in here.

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And yet it tastes quite tropical

(You’ll see just what I mean)

Passionfruit and nectarine,

Fresh acid fruit galore;

Lemon, pear and pineapple,

Then dryness; fruit no more.

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The acid lies not on the tongue

Long enough to spoil the fun

And, vinegary, cause pulse to run,

But provides counterpoint;

To fix both fruit and savoury brut

With necessary joint.

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So sweet, and briny, sour and dry,

And fruity, funky, hops–

Though almost paradoxical

Is how I’d class this drop.

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