Pastore Brewing is a new brewery for based in Waterbeach near Cambridge. They exclusively brew sour beers, from their signature Waterbeach Weisses to Sour IPAs and Pastry Sours. This particular beer is part of that signature series and is fruited with peach and apricot. I bought this beer in what used to be one of my local bottle shops; Arch Rivals. It has sadly closed down now as the owners have moved away from the area. I bought a couple beers, including this one, just before they closed to support and celebrate the shop and the fine breweries they always used to stock!
The beer poured a very interesting hazy, straw-coloured pour. As with many sours the head dissipated almost immediately. The aroma of the brew certainly does have a fresh, fleshy apricot like quality to it. The initial sip hits you with a very sharp sourness which mellows out as you drink. There isn’t a particularly bold amount of fruit flavour coming through but you do pick up hints of those stone fruits on the end.
A quick note on the can art: Gorgeous design. The ram on the front, in reference to the brewery is great, but my favourite aspect is definitely the watercolour painted peach/apricot.
Overall this is an interesting sour. It’s been a while since I’ve had the lighter Berliner Weisse style but I think maybe this might have been the wrong fruit combination. I was expecting a much bolder fruit flavour to come through but, perhaps as both peach and apricot are fleshier and not naturally tart, it failed to really punch through for me personally. The good carbonation helped counteract this a bit and it was certainly lovely and easy drinking. While I probably wouldn’t try this particular edition again, I’d like to try one of the other fruited varieties.
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- Hops: Not Available
- Malt: Hornindal Kveik
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 3.8%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: No
- Purchase Location: Arch Rivals