I don’t know who James is, but I need to thank him for either brewing, creating or inspiring this beer.
Brewing anything with strawberries and olives is pretty risky, but brewing a sour berliner weisse and pulling it off is amazing.
Strawberries and olives are two things that I would never have thought complemented each other, but what do I know? The nearest thing I get to being a food critic is making snarky comments about sponge when watching the Great British Bake Off.
James Beer: Taste Test
Immediately, there’s a hint of sweetness to the aroma that blends lovely with the sharp, sour smell to make an intriguing scent profile.
The pour is dark, with a hint of the redness to it which either comes from the strawberries or is a trick of the eye caused by the red can and the suggesting of red fruit.
The initial taste is quite sharp, but that soon develops into a touch of fruity sweetness that balances the sourness beautifully. The olive isn’t that obvious until the back end of the beer and the aftertaste, where it throws in a touch of saltiness that’s enough to be there, but doesn’t knock off the balance of the beer.
James Beer: Can Notes
The can is pretty simple, startling so if anything. It’s a red can, couple of different shades in a kind of pattern behind, but it’s not very imaginative.
What I do like is the bright, bold lettering on the front stating the name of the beer and brewery, which actually makes it stand out quite well.
What I don’t like is the unsettling feeling that there should be an apostrophe in the name somewhere.
Buy James Beer Sour Berliner Weisse
You can get it from Beer 52, which is where we got it from, for just £3.49. Which for a beer as unusual as this is well worth the money.