Celebrate International Sour Beer Day with these beers

Blackcurrant Kir Royale

Ten sour beers from Vault City Brewing

It is International Sour Beer Day on 8th September, so an excuse to look at ten top rated beers on Untapped from Vault City Brewing.

Spiced Rum Oak-Aged Blueberry Pumpkin Spice Latte

Blueberry Pumpkin Spice Latte
A rum barrel aged version of their Blueberry Pumpkin Spice Latte release from October 2021 with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger among mountains of blueberries.

Fruits of the Forest Triple Stacked Breakfast Waffle

Breakfast Waffle, VC Glass Pour-1 (1)

A combination of their favourite fruits with their  favourite meal to make a beer that’s stacked with flavour.
You’ll find blackberries, rhubarb, strawberries, apples, and raspberries sat beautifully against flavours of maple and vanilla, creating a soft, creamy mouthfeel. This fresh fruit medley sings in perfect harmony through every sip of this delicately sour, breakfast-esque smoothie beer.

Blackcurrant Kir Royale

Blackcurrant Kir Royale
A cocktail-inspired sour beer was based on an elegant classic, the Kir Royale.
Stupendous amounts of locally sourced blackcurrants substitute the creme de cassis and the addition of (not so local) white grape lends a champagne like sweetness. Beautifully tart and typically full bodied modern sour beer.

Marshmallow Smoothie Sour: Blueberry Raspberry Blackcurrant

Marshmallow Smoothie Sour - Blueberry Raspberry Blackcurrant
Their second ever entry into double-digit ABV modern sour beers sees a blend of some of our favourite berries on an enormous base sour, complimented by Madagascan vanilla lending a soft, pillowy, marshmallow-y softness.

Blackberry Mango Coconut Dreamcake

Blackberry Mango Coconut Dreamcake

Freshly picked late-season blackberries from Perthshire add a sharp tart edge to juicy alphonso mango – the Dreamcake is then decadently layered with coconut done three ways.

999g/L Strawberry Banana Vanilla Crunch

999gl Strawberry Banana Vanilla Crunch

Thick. Smooth. Jam-packed with flavour, using the legal maximum amount of fruit they can use in a release while still calling it a beer! This is brewing wizardry. Released  as a festival exclusive and in London selling out in less than 10 minutes.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Choc Rasp Cheesecake Triple-1
Inspired by one of their favourite desserts, White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake takes indulgence to the next level.
Decadent layers of white chocolate meet raspberry tartness to create an intense flavour combination. The addition of creamy vanilla and lactose creates a rich, thick mouthfeel, all resting on a delicate sour base.

From A Gaelic Sea, Far, Far Away…

From a Gaelic Sea Far, Far Away - Emperors Brewery Collab
An alliance was formed between Vault City and Emperor’s Brewery to create one of the greatest Imperial Stouts the galaxy had ever seen.
Seven months of barrel-aging in the freshest whisky casks from Islay has infused the iconic smokiness, adding layers of complexity and depth to this intense, whisky-forward stout.
Scottish heather honey, creamy vanilla and lactose round out the flavour with a delicate sweetness, in harmony with the light bitterness from East Kent Golding hops.

Triple Fruited TIPA

Triple Fruited TIPA - Splash-2
North Brewing Co. are renowned pioneers of the British craft beer scene, and they know a thing or two about Triple IPAs, making them the perfect brewery for our collaboration.Triple Fruited TIPA with guava, pineapple, and passion fruit. In this one-of-a-kind release, the Vaulty City signature mixed fermentation base beer, heavily fruited and triple dry-hopped with a combination of Citra, El Dorado, Talus and Sabro, accentuating the intensely juicy, tropical flavours of guava, pineapple and passion fruit.

Rhubarb & Custard

Rhubarb & Custard
It’s no mix-up that these flavours found themselves together. Imagine your favourite childhood sweet crossed with the classic dessert. Rhubarb & Custard is a full-bodied pastry sour with milkshake vibes, where the tang of rhubarb sits beautifully against creamy vanilla custard notes


Find out more about Vault City Brewing Here, and read about their new tap room here.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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