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And Now For Something Completely Different: April Sours

It wouldn’t be springtime without sour beer, and this weekend launches the annual April Sours event at Jimmy’s No. 43. In addition to beer seminars on Saturday and Sunday (4/28-29), there will be an all-sour beer $10 Tuesday Tasting on April 31st (yes, we know it’s May, but this year May 1st is part of April sours).

For the ultimate April Sours’ experience, we will have a Prix Fixe family style all-duck dinner on Monday, April 30th, at 7 p.m. (tickets here). Guest chef Brendan Corr (f/o City Bakery, Jim Lahey’s Co.) will make an all-duck, family-style menu with ingredients from Hudson Valley Duck Farm: Smoked duck breast, duck neck terrine, duck confit, etc. This meal will be paired with six of the best sour beers in the world. Beers available throughout the weekend (and through next week) include:

Among the offerings (broken down by country) Jimmy’s No. 43 expects to have either on tap or by bottle will be:

  • From Germany—Fritz Briem, Ichtegem, and Bayerischer Bahnhof, plusvarious Berliner Weisses;
  • From Belgium—Hanssens Oud Geueze among other Hanssesns offerings, De Dolle, Tilquin, Gaverhopke, Cantillon, Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge, and Rodenbach;
  • From Canada/Quebec—Dieu du Ciel, Hopfenstark, and other saisons;
  • From Switzerland—beers from Brasserie Des Franches Montagnes (BFM);
  • From Denmark—Mikkeller;
  • From the USA—beers from Blind Bat, Allagash, Jolly Pumpkin, Leelenau, Anchorage, Stillwater  and Cascade, among others TBA

Whether you’re a Lambic fan or your novice palate needs an introduction to these brews, you’re sure to find beers that are interesting, refreshing, traditional and—yes—slightly weird compared with most ales and lagers. Some come on over for some April Sours and get your tart on!