Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Sours are surging these days, but let’s be honest: Sour isn’t for everyone. Their acidic, tart bite is heaven in a glass for those who enjoy the style, but can be puckeringly off-putting for those who don’t. This beer, though, this is a sour for the masses. Brewed for the legendary Monk’s Café, this red ale is only mildly sour, with a nice, fruity sweetness that does a fine job of balancing the beer’s acidity. It’s a brew that goes especially well with a meal (a salad, a spicy fish, or chocolate make great pairings), but that also stands up nicely on its own. There are few sours as approachable as this one. It drinks so smooth and easy even your finicky friends will find themselves enjoying it. If you’ve never had a sour beer before, this is a great place to start. Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale is sometimes on draft at 12 Steps Down, Alla Spina, and is always available at Monk’s.