Paul Arends, member of the Brewsquitos in Grand Rapids, Mich., earned best-of-show for this fruited kettle sour beer in the 2017 Beer City Pro-Am Competition.
"When I met with Rob, Dave, and Ed at City Built Brewing Co., they gave me full latitude to make whatever I wanted," he recalls. "I'll never forget this thing they said to me: 'What would you love to brew here?'
"It was obvious to me that they were in this thing for one reason: to have fun making beer with me. I looked at their tap list, and we talked about their upcoming brews. Since we were going to tap these in the heat of summer, I wanted to make something that was refreshing and easy to drink.
They were a very new brewery at the time, so I also wanted to make something that would sell quickly. I decided to make something sour but not too crazy. So, I went home, brewed a kettle sour with wheat, and split it three ways to test different fruit additions.
I brought in a few samples and we played around with various fruit types and ratios. Ultimately we ended up using...passion fruit, mango, guava, and grapefruit to balance the sour provided by the lacto."Read More