I first told you about Payette Brewing Company back in February of 2016. Their beers were just arriving in Washington State, including their Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, and Rodeo Rye Pale (Spring seasonal).
Now, Payette is preparing to release their next year-round offering: Aura Guava & Hibiscus Sour Ale. Payette has been putting out sours in 22 oz bottles for a while, and Aura Guava & Hibiscus was the standout from their rotating 22 oz sour series. It became popular enough that canning seemed to be the next logical step.
Here is the full press release from Payette Brewing Company:
Payette BrewingCompany is excited to add a new beer to their year-round lineup, Aura Guava andHibiscus Sour Ale in twelve-ounce canned six-packs this February. In 2017, this beer was part of a rotating twenty-two ounce Sour Ale bottle series. The Guava and Hibiscus variant stood out among the others, and claimed to be a new favorite. So much so, that it is now added to the 2018 canned lineup.
Payette Brewing has been known for their Lagers and India Pale Ales, so tapping in to the sour category has been a fun journey. The Payette brewers have developed an incredible recipe with the addition of guava and hibiscus making this beer full of tropical notes and extremely refreshing.
Payette Brewing brewer, Matt Watterson, sips the beer and poetically describes it as, “A nod to warmer days and drinking with friends in the sunshine, this incarnation of Aura plays on the refreshing and complex tropical flavors of guava and hibiscus. Tinted with hues of hibiscus petals and topped by an airy brilliant white head, this ale bursts with aromas of tangy cranberry and under ripe blackberries alongside poached pear and pomegranate. The flavors follow suit, ushered in with light, crackery pilsner malt notes and followed with strawberry and lemon zest fruitiness. A dry finish is aided by a faint tea-like bitterness and citrus-like acidity.”
Aura Guava and Hibiscus Sour Ale radiates a unique personality. Brewed using living cultures, which gives the beer complex characteristics with an aura of flavor about it that retain amusing, tart flavors. This beer lands at a modest 4% ABV and 9 IBU, is well balanced and incredibly thirst-quenching. Payette is excited to release Aura Guava and Hibiscus Sour Ale on February 16, 2018 at Payette Brewing Company, with the beer hitting taps and shelves shortly after across Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Canada.
About Payette Brewing Company:
Founded in Boise, ID by Michael Francis in 2010, Payette Brewing Company is proud to be Idaho’s largest brewery. The brewery currently runs a 60-barrel brewing system and offers six year-round beers, seasonal releases, various beers in their Ales of No Return series and barrel-aged offerings. Beer fans are encouraged to follow Payette’s social media for the latest updates or visit www.PayetteBrewing.com.
I’m a huge fan of good sour ales (often, for me, the more sour the better), so I’m eager to try this new offering form Payette. It should start arriving on Seattle area craft beer shop shelves within the next couple of weeks. Be on the lookout and pick up a six pack to try.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.