Then there's a six-pack on sale or the random selection of a cooler filled with ice. The next thing they know, they're debating the merits of India Pale Ale and searching for the strongest stout they can handle. They still go back to see High Life and Coors Light, but it's more out of convenience or habit than a genuine desire to put their lips on those bottles. And then one day, that beer drinker gets goaded into or intrigued by a sour beer. That day for many people might just be tomorrow, when Boulevard releases Love Child No. 2, a sour beer and the latest in its Smokestack series.
Boulevard has positioned the Smokestack series to be like a bottle of wine. It comes in a 750 ml bottle. It has a higher price point and alcohol content. And the limited release factor based on seasons can have the same feel as the annual arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. But it's with Love Child No. 2 that the Kansas City brewery has created something that drinks and breathes like wine.
The ale poured brown with a bit of red. It may be the time of the year, but I got cherry notes right away with a dry and tart finish. That berry sweetness kept the sour from being overpowering. Here's what the Boulevard tasting notes have to say:
"Love Child No. 2 has sour characteristics that come to the fore, foreshadowed by the tart, winey aroma. Notes of cherry, oak, olive, brine and leather give way to a subtle hint of funk and a dry, earthy finish."
This is a beer that took two years to make and blend. It's been aged in wine, oak and port barrels. Because of the limited release and the production time, the price at liquor stores will likely be close to $20. Boulevard recommends that you drink it now, rather than cellar it. Love Child No. 2 is on shelves starting tomorrow. As always, please feel free to talk about where, when and how much you paid for a bottle in the comments.