Wild Weather Peach of a Weekend Peach Sour Ale 5.6%
Barrel ageing and sour beer will be the next big things in beer. These types of beers are really taking off in the USA and some UK brewers are now following in their footsteps. Wild Weather Peach Sour Ale is an English, unfiltered, unpasteurized sour beer made with barley, hops, yeast, peach extract and soured with lactic acid. It pours a cloudy, golden colour and has a very peachy, perfumed aroma. The beer has quite a sour, astringent taste with hints of mango/peach/tropical fruit flavour but would be very refreshing on a summer’s day.
Wild Weather Brewery was established in 2013 in the village of Silchester which is on the Hampshire/Berkshire border. They brew a variety of beers including Golden Ale, Bitter, Mild, Amber and IPA. Silchester used to be an important Roman town, Calleva Atrebatum, but all that remains today are a few walls. The can has some very striking artwork which portrays a surfer dude grappling with a purple octopus on a bed of peaches. Well, I suppose that is what happens if you drink too much Peach Sour.
Sour beers were traditionally fermented using wild air-borne yeasts and then matured in wooden barrels. This traditional way of brewing is still practised in Belgium where sour barrel-aged Lambic beers are brewed in the Brussels area. American brewers who are always striving to bring us new styles have been making sour beers for some time. Wild Weather use lactic acid as a means of souring the beer.
In Belgium locally grown cherries (kriek) and raspberries (framboise) are used to flavour and sweeten naturally sour beers. Peaches don’t grow in England and the ones that we can buy here do not have much flavour. I think this beer would work better if it was flavoured with fresh English fruit, perhaps strawberries or raspberries. The peach flavour in the beer did not have enough depth for me and reminded me of a soft drink. In practice you need an awful lot of ripe fresh local fruit to make a fruit beer.
The most famous peach song is “Peaches” by The Stranglers which hit No 8 in the UK singles chart in 1977. The Stranglers who were formed in Guildford in 1974, were the most successful band to come out of the punk scene of the late 1970s. They have continued to record and perform and you can catch them at a number of festivals this summer. Pour yourself a glass of refreshing Peach Sour and enjoy The Stranglers playing “Peaches”.