Pound for Pound, Nectarous is the king of Canadian sour beer.
We here at Ale/Sessions have no shame in admitting that we sing the praises of Four Winds Brewing often. The Delta, BC based brewery finds its way onto our ‘Best of’ lists fairly regularly, and with good reason. The brewery is one of the most consistent producers of high quality beer across Canada. This is not just our opinion, they have amassed a staggering number of awards both nationally and internationally to back it up. But no beer in their entire lineup has won more awards than Nectarous.
Nectarous is the perfect example of both an approachable and complex sour. This is a dry hopped sour that walks the fine line between tart and fruity, managing to balance both elements in perfect harmony.
While it is dry hopped, the beer only comes in at 6 IBUs, making the sour complexity the main focus, and adding only a slight hint of bitterness to round it off.
By our count, Nectarous has won the American Sour category at the Canadian Beer Awards every single year for the past five years, which is in fact every year for Nectarous since its creation. That is a phenomenal record, and one the brewery should be exceptionally proud of.
Fortunately for beer drinkers, Four Winds is very well aware of the intense popularity of Nectarous. While previously only available in 650ml bottles, the brewery recently announced in July that Nectarous is now available in 473 ml cans.
We highly recommend picking up at least a can of this excellent beer, to see what all the fuss is about.