Celebrate With Sours – Holiday Beers

‘Tis The Season To Celebrate With Sours!

Dive into the festive spirit with this curated selection of sour beers, perfectly crafted to add a special twist to your holiday celebrations. Discover the world of tart and tangy brews that go beyond the traditional, offering a refreshingly unique departure from the ordinary seasonal fare.

Cheers to a season of joy, laughter, and the perfect sour note!

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1. Jubilberry – Sour Cranberry Ale with Ginger & Oats

Pairs great with your holiday sweater!

Jubilberry – Sour Cranberry Ale with Ginger & Oats

Festive cranberries & soft flaked oats give way to a cozy spice bouquet for this jubilant winter ale. The perfect Texas winter companion, Jubilberry should always be around for your holiday shenanigans!

IBU: 20 | ABV: 7.1% | SU: 70

Available Oct – Jan

Executive Brewer Notes: Jubilberry is one of my favorite recipes because of its depth of flavors from multiple ingredients all coming together to say H-O-L-I-D-A-Y.  Bright, tart cranberries layered with lots of ginger and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg are all put on top of a rounded, warming 7% oatmeal pale ale base.  Also, it’s a beautiful color!

2. Fruited Little Boss – Sour Pomegranate Beer

Crack open some good luck for the New Year, it’s tradition!

Fruited Little Boss – Sour Pomegranate Beer

This special sour and 2023 Texas Craft Brewers Cup Gold Medalist is fairly tart with just a touch of sweetness. A vision to behold and sustenance to sip your way through, Fruited Little Boss makes any situation worth fancifyin’. Pomegranates have a long history of bringing good luck in the new year, making this special sour #2 on our list.

ABV: 4.8% | SU: 50

Available Nov – Feb

Executive Brewer Notes: Our most recent fruited version of our classic Little Boss is a nice, more straightforward, sessionable sour beer.  Alcohol is kept lower for drinkability, but the pomegranate pop keeps it fancy and festive.  Little secret — there might be a touch of cardamom and allspice in there…

P.S. – Look out for the tasting room exclusive release of Shimmer’s Eve Ale – our Sour Pomegranate Beer with the addition of shimmery Lustre dust. Only available in growler fills to-go starting December 29th, while supplies last.

3. Adjunct Professor Black – Sour Imperial Stout with Chocolate & Orange

There to keep you warm all winter long.

Adjunct Professor Black

Big, bold, yet smooth. Rich chocolate and roasted malts rounded out by a hearty oat addition support a bright, tart citrus flavor and aroma. Adjunct Professor Black has all the chocolate-orange flavor you love without having to smash it open!

ABV: 9.1% | SU: 68

Available Dec – Feb

Executive Brewer Notes:  This recipe was pulled together from our Admiral Gravitas (Imperial Sour Oatmeal Stout), our Professor Black (Sour Cherry Stout), and the Black Is Beautiful release we did a couple of years ago.  The big full-bodied oatmeal Imperial stout base is the stage for citrus and a chocolate component that goes together so well.  With cacao nibs, vanilla, orange peel, and orange oil, the Adjunct Professor Black shines in complexity, depth, warmth, brightness, and richness, and weirdly enough, it’s pretty drinkable!

4. Professor Peppermint

The holidays just got all the more cheerful!

Professor Peppermint

This tasting room exclusive has become a seasonal staple for our limited-edition beer releases. A candy cane-inspired beer, Professor Peppermint is our sour cherry stout with the addition of peppermint and vanilla. Professor Peppermint will only be available for on-site sips and in growler fills to-go. Swing by Blue Owl Brewing on Friday, December 15th for the release.

IBU: 40 | ABV: 6.1% | SU: 75 | Contains milk sugar.

Available Dec 15th – Dec 24th (while supplies last)

Executive Brewer Notes: The blend of the rich stout and vanilla to the peppermint zing will unwrap the magic of the season. We’ve brewed up the warmth of the holidays so you can immerse yourself in the festive spirit with each sip!

5. White Tiger’s Blood – Pineapple, Banana, & Cinnamon Sour

Set to release the weekend before Christmas, put this new sour seasonal under the tree for the perfect gift!

White Tiger’s Blood

This seasonal sensation is as rare and captivating as the elusive white tiger. White Tiger’s Blood is a symphony of flavors creating a unique variation while encompassing the bold spirits of our beloved OG summer sour, Tiger’s Blood.
This pineapple, banana, and cinnamon sour ale is a delightful blend that transports you to a tropical paradise, no matter the season. Indulge in the mystique carnival of White Tiger’s Blood. Release date is Thursday, December 21st. Just in time to be gifted under your Christmas tree!

ABV: 5.6% | SU: 62 | Contains milk sugar

Executive Brewer Notes: We asked ourselves, “What’s the winter version of Tiger’s Blood’s eudaemonic combo of watermelon, strawberry, and coconut?”  After a couple of rounds of test batches and input from our Test Batch Focus Group and Local Love Members, we settled on the undeniably-tropical-yet-still-winter-seasonal combination of pineapple for bright acidity, banana for a creamy baseline, and cinnamon as the counterbalancing force.  The fermentation profile was also tweaked to use wit-style yeast and wheat for a banana/spice canvas to layer the fruits, creamy sweetness, and bright acidity.

Celebrate With These Seasonal Sours!

Be sure to stock up on your favorite sour before the Holidays fly by! Check out where they’re available in Texas or swing by Blue Owl’s tasting room for some beer-to-go.

P.S. Be sure to take advantage of our case discounts!

Enjoy a merry holiday and a happy New Year. We’ll See You Soon, Friend!

xoxoxo – B.O.B.