If you’re single during February (and on Valentine’s Day in particular) it’s easy to have a fairly bitter outlook on love. But instead of sitting around feeling sorry for yourself, get out there and go to a bar with your single friends. Grab a beer (or three). Wallowing in self-pity is very 2018.
To help ease the plight of a single person on Valentine’s Day, we’d like to recommend a sour beer. This tart alternative will give you the zip you need to get out there and get your Tinder on. Of course, which sour beer to drink is a worthy question. So we decided to reach out to some of our favorite bartenders.
Russian River Supplication
Hope Ewing, beverage director at Rappahannock Oyster Bar at ROW DTLA in Los Angeles
“All-time favorite: Russian River Brewing’s Supplication. Russian River makes a whole line of these amazing barrel-aged sours, many of which you can only get at the brewery. This one is brewed with sour cherries and aged in ex-pinot noir casks. It’s a flavor bomb that is equal to their bottle’s medieval imagery.”
Honky Tonk Cherry Berliner Weisse
Nahm Kim, head mixologist at Sunda New Asian in Chicago
“I’ve been drinking a lot of the Cherry Berliner Weisse from Honky Tonk Brewery in Nashville. A real easy sipper with some bright acidity and a fruity bite from the cherries that reminds you that springtime is just around the corner. Pairs great with smoked chicken wings.”
Rodenbach Grand Cru
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Rodenbach – Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale 6%ABV 35 IBU 98 RateBeer. Acidez moderada, cereja, morango, acético e balsâmico. Uma Sour clássica bem complexa! 🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🇧🇪 . . Moderately tart, cherries, strawberries, acetic and balsamic. A classic Sour Ale full of complexity and flavors. . . @rodenbachbeer @beerselfie #rodenbach #rodenbachgrandcru #flandersredale #sour
Will Benedetto, Director of Bars at In Good Company Hospitality in New York City
“What’s my favorite sour beer? I love Rodenbach Grand Cru. It’s what got me into Sours.”
Cuvee des Jacobins
Tanya Queeney, bartender at Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook, Illinois
“Cuvee des Jacobins has always been a favorite of mine – easy drinking and not completely mouth puckering sour. It’s good and easy to drink.”