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Crooked Stave Sour Rosé Is a Guiltless Pleasure

May 25, 2020

By Jerard Fagerberg, May 25, 2020

You’re not going to catch Lisa Vanderpump with a Coors in her hand anytime soon.

Vanderpump, the iconic Real Housewives of Orange Country star and matron of Bravo’s eminently popular Vanderpump Rules series, is elegance personified. This is a woman who owns seven swans. She wouldn’t drink a beer if it was the last potable liquid in her Beverly Hills villa. Still, Crooked Stave’s Sour Rosé could make her reconsider.

Sour Rosé is one of the few beers that takes a craft beverage trend and successfully recreates it as a beer. Crooked Stave ferments the pink brut in big oak foeders, lining the bottom of the vessel with raspberries and blueberries. Then, they hit it with their mix of wild yeast, and what comes out is barely beer at all. 

Released as a year-round can in 2018, Sour Rosé is proudly pink, standing apart from its peers on the shelf. In the glass, it’s a rosy stream of bubbles, drinking as delicately as a La Croix. 

That’s what makes Sour Rosé such a potent conversion experience. It’s as elegant as beer gets—a shame it’s not kept under cork, really—but it drinks without any pretense. Just egalitarian refreshment, berry-bursting sip after sip.

But don’t let this blush beer make you blush. Sip Sour Rosé as shamelessly you would any well-crafted brew. Things don’t end up so effervescent without a keen understanding of balance and fermentation. So you should have no qualms with keeping a sixer of this bubbly tart in your fridge.

Be like Lisa Vanderpump and take absolutely no guilt in your pleasures.

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