Big Drop Brewing Co launches low ABV sour beer

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Inspiration: The beer’s label takes its lead from Fink’s Suffolk background, and features Saxtead Mill, near Woodbridge
Inspiration: The beer’s label takes its lead from Fink’s Suffolk background, and features Saxtead Mill, near Woodbridge
Low ABV-brewery Big Drop Brewing Co has unveiled a limited-edition sour as the latest beer in its range.

Big Drop Sour is a very delicate, light summer beer, which is inspired by the Berliner Weisse style, and becomes the fifth beer in the brewery’s range of 0.5% ABV beers.

The beer is described as “light, refreshing and tart” with “a citrus aroma and a smooth, juicy tartness in the finish.”

Responding to trends

Big Drop Brewing Co founder Rob Fink said that the sour beer was developed in response to “current consumer trends.”

“While the style is a popular one with many existing brands on the market, brewing a sour beer to just 0.5% ABV has taken a lot of planning and expertise,” he said. “Our master brewer, Johnny Clayton, continues to challenge the norm so that we can offer a range of popular beer styles for those who are choosing to cut back on their alcohol consumption.

“The sour is an outstanding example of responding to current consumer trends. Just because someone may be cutting out or cutting back on alcohol doesn’t mean to say that they have to cut back on variety and taste.”

The beer’s label follows the theme of previous branding, which takes its inspiration from Fink’s Suffolk background. It features Saxtead Mill, near Woodbridge, and is designed from original lino-cut artwork from local landscape artist Helen Maxfield.

Unique brewing style

“It’s made in a totally different way to other sours that drinkers may be used to,“ Fink continued. “Johnny worked hard to get the balance right.  It’s not a kettle sour or wild bacteria ferment, but his unique brewing style has created a gentle sour, which is the perfect addition to our range.”

Big Drop has also recently been shortlisted​ for Best Drinks Producer at the 2018 BBC Food & Farming Awards.

The public reaction to our beers has been fantastic and it’s great that our hard work in producing a credible range of options for mindful drinkers is also acknowledged by our peers through recognition in these awards,” Fink added.

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