New Belgium Brewing celebrates summer with a sessionable, fruity spin on the typical American sour. Hop Tart is New Belgium’s latest Hop Kitchen offering, blending Belgian Pale Malt from the Colorado Malting Company, with tart lactobacillus and fruity hops. The result is a refreshing, easy drinker, perfect for fun in the sun. The beer is available on draft only in New Belgium markets.
Hop Tart’s lactobacillus offers just the slightest hint of sour that propels bursts of passion fruit, guava and pineapple, courtesy of hefty Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and Experimental Hop 522 dry-hopping.
“We developed Hop Tart based on our Snapshot brewing process, which is a unique way of souring wort,” said Matty Gilliland (aka Matty Smooth), brewing process analyst at New Belgium Brewing. “It runs in the same vein as some of our recent, popular sours, like Le Terroir and Ted’s Beer, a hoppy Berlinerweiss. The combination of tartness and hops is a clear winner, so we know our sour fans will love Hop Tart!”
At five percent ABV and 30 IBUs, Hop Tart offers a hoppy easy drinker. It’s available now through July. Pricing varies by location.
To find Hop Tart near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: NewBelgium.com/Beer/Finder.
If you want to learn more about how New Belgium ‘sours’ their beers, they’ve kindly provided a couple of videos:
And, last but not least, learn why beers like Hop Tart are soured in stainless while other sours from New Belgium get the wood treatment: