GREENVILLE, S.C.—The brewers at Thomas Creek and Birds Fly South are kicking off the new year with a new spring beer – Thomas Creek and Birds Fly South Sour India Pale Ale-the newest addition to both breweries beer collections. Brewed for spring’s transition away from the hearty brews of winter to the lighter refreshing beers of summer. With an ABV of 5.6 this Sour India Pale Ale is a perfect marriage of old school kettle sours with the new trending American India Pale Ales; Balanced tartness with a crispy citrus aromatic finish.
Historically, sour beers are brewed to have an acidic, tart or sour taste. Sour beers are made by allowing wild yeast strains into the brew. Belgian brewers allowed wild yeast to enter the brew naturally through the barrels or during the cooling, while open to the outside air.
When it comes to India Pale Ale, traditionally these were ales that had been brewed from pale malt. Their history is documented in an advertisement from 1829 in England. The flavor profile of the IPA has changed and has only been limited by the creativity of the contemporary craft brewer. West Coast IPAs typically brewed with American hops which normally dominate the beer. East Coast IPAs are a blend in spicier European hops and specialty malts which create a more balanced taste profile.
Thomas Creek and Birds Fly South Sour IPA will be available in 5.16 gallon kegs from January until this eight barrel lot of brew is enjoyably drank at restaurants and tap rooms throughout the state of South Carolina.
About Thomas Creek Brewery:
Thomas Creek Brewery began in 1997 with Bill Davis, the Beer Taste Master, investing in his son Tom’s, the Master Brewer, passion for brewing craft beer. It began with a three and a half-barrel system that is still used in the operation today. It all started with Tom brewing beer for a local restaurant while finding distributors for his craft beer creations. The Davis’s secured a site on Piedmont Highway in Greenville, South Carolina. The name “Thomas” is a Davis family name and “Creek”focuses of a water theme which is very important to the founders. Thus, Thomas Creek Brewery was named.
Today, Thomas Creek Brewery can still be found at 2054 Piedmont Highway, Greenville, South Carolina 29605. Brewing over 50 styles of beer attests to the creativity of the Brew Crew. The Brewery is in constant pursuit of new brewing techniques along with new styles of beer. The Brewery often takes additional steps like dry-hopping and barrel-aging to create the next new exciting style of Thomas Creek Beer. Thomas Creek Brewery is committed to the ongoing development of the American hand crafted beer movement by entering local, state, regional and national festivals and competitions. Still a family owned and operated brewery focused on brewing quality hand crafted beer. Thomas Creek Brewery is the largest brewery in South Carolina with a brewing capacity of twenty-two thousand barrels annually. Thomas Creek Brewery will continue its creative pursuit of brewing great beer while advocating growth of the true hand crafted beer. For more information, visit thomascreekbeer.com