American Sour Beers: Innovative Techniques for Mixed Fermentations

By Michael Tonsmeire

One of the most exciting and dynamic segments of today’s brewing scene is American-brewed sour beers, with craft brewers and homebrewers alike adapting traditional European techniques to create some of the world’s most distinctive and experimental styles. This book details the wide array of processes and ingredients in American sour beer production, with actionable advice each step of the way. Inspiration and practical applications for brewers of all levels are provided by some of the country’s best known sour beer brewers, including Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin and The Lost Abbey. View the American Sour Beers Table of Contents.

From the Foreword:

For those of you who are just starting to get “funky”…use this book to help guide you through this fun and often unpredictable journey….This book will also be very useful for those who are already producing sour beers; I’m certain this will be a great reference book to add to your library. I found good nuggets, both artistic and technical, and I am definitely inspired to brew some new sour beers at our brewery.

–Vinnie Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing Company

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    Advance Praise for American Sour Beers:

    Michael Tonsmeire has created an incredibly comprehensive account of American sour beer making today. As John Palmer’s How to Brew is to beer making in general, American Sour Beers is the defining work for homebrewers and professional brewers seeking everything from a rudimentary understanding of sour beer to guidance on advanced techniques and philosophy.

    --Jeffrey Stuffings, Jester King Brewery


    “Read this book. It will prove essential in helping you get where you want to get with your sour beers. Making great sours requires patience, conversing with other brewers, tasting, dumping from time to time, doing it again...yet sour beer is not a mystery. Our forefathers have done it for a few thousand years, and with this exploration of contemporary and innovative American souring techniques at your side, you can do it, too.”

    --Peter Bouckaert, New Belgium Brewing Company

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  • Author: Michael Tonsmeire
  • Pages: 400
  • Dimensions: 6x9
  • ISBN: 978-1-938469-11-4

About the Author

Author Michael Tonsmeire

Michael Tonsmeire

Michael Tonsmeire is an award-winning homebrewer and certified beer judge, and has written on sour beers for various magazines. He most recently developed the recipes and grew the microbes for the sour beer program at…Read more