Brewers were in the middle of a creating a new batch of beer at Riot Brewing Co. in Chemainus when the worst storm in B.C. Hydro’s history struck, knocking out power to the brewery and 750,000 other people around the province.
The unfinished beer was at the crucial point in its brewing process where it needed to be boiled, or else the team risked losing 2,000 litres of beer — and all the profits that accompany it.
Brewers added raw malt to the soon-to-be-spoiled beer, allowed it to sour for three days, then finally boiled it once the power was restored, using a process called kettle souring — thus Sour Outage Beer was born.
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