Sour beers? Common. Pineapple and peach sour beers? A bit more unique. Pineapple, peach, and HABANERO sour beers? Now that is unique. It’s all part of the personality of Vault City Brewing as they release their fruity, spicy, sour ale – Sunshine on Portobello.
Vault City teamed up with hot sauce and beer enthusiast, Joe Brock, to make a unique beer for the summer. The beer is accompanied by the release of a hot sauce by the same name. Both use the same combo of fruit and habanero to deliver a sweet yet spicy combination.
It is always a challenge to use hot peppers of any kind in a beer. From barrel-aged ghost pepper strong ales to Tabasco barrel aged beers, it is not difficult to make a beer super spicy. However, it is a craft to be able to produce a moderate ABV ale (like ‘Sunshine’ at 7.5%) that is both spicy and drinkable. A beer like this really shows that a brewer can use peppers in harmony with other ingredients rather than have a one (spicy) note ingredient.
What would a beer like this pair with? I could see a goat-cheese pizza with a mild veggie like green peppers, or the always savory mushroom. Any combo of rich and tangy toppings would do fantastic.