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Pucker up: Sour beers are a fresh, tart taste of summer

During the summer nothing quenches your thirst quite like a fresh, tart beer. Sours are a growing trend you’re starting to see at every brewery, each putting their own spin on the flavors.

What makes a beer sour? It might not sound too pleasant, but bacteria is what gives sours that notable flavor, while yeast can tone it down by adding a mustiness to the beer. With cocktail-type flavors and citrus notes, they’re a great starter beer for the “I hate beer” Buffalonians out there.

Here are the ones you have to try this summer.

Minkey Boodle at Thin Man Brewery
492 Elmwood Ave. and 166 Chandler St.
ABV: 7%

Equally as delicious as it is pretty, this hot pink, tart beer has a creamy light flavor of delicate tart raspberries with a strong sweet smell that hits you first. There’s such a cult following for Minkey Boodle that Thin Man's new Chandler Street location even has multiple works of art paying tribute to one of their many popular beers that put them on the map.

Cranberry Mango Sour at 12 Gates Brewing Company
80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville
ABV: 5%

At 12 Gates there’s a rotating list of delicious sours. Currently the Cranberry Mango has been flying off the shelves. Once that’s tapped, 12 Gates has a Pineapple Sour on standby. The Resting Peach Face, made with fresh peach purée that smells and tastes delicious, will be available in cans in August.

The Supernatural Sour at New York Beer Project
6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport
ABV: 4.3%

With juicy notes of sweet passion fruit and a tart finish, this is a nice seasonal alternative to NYBP's regular beers on tap.

Mango-Peach and Tangerine Sunset at Froth Brewing Co.
700 Military Road
ABV: 4.7%-4.9%

It’s not easy to keep bringing in new concepts with so many breweries in the area, but Froth has done a wonderful job so far. Two sours to try: the Mango Peach Sour (4.7%) with toasted coconut, mango and peach purée, and a hint of lemon zest, and Tangerine Sunset (4.9%) with notes of apricot and tangerine.

Squeezer at Big Ditch Brewing Company
55 E Huron St.
ABV: 4.4%

Big Ditch is always coming up with new fun flavors and the Squeezer is definitely one of the most delicious beers in the city. It’s light with a grape aroma and a clean crisp finish. Think of adding a ton of fresh lemon to seltzer water creating a refreshing, thirst-quenching drink.

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