The Commons' Biere Royale Returns

The Commons Brewery is releasing Biere Royale tomorrow as part of Belmont Station's Puckerfest. This is the 2nd annual release of this sour ale fermented with black currents and a strain of yogurt-cultured lactobacillus. Sean Burke, Head Brewer at The Commons, explained his yogurt technique to me last summer and I documented it on the blog. I even got a mention in the press release below!

If you didn't get a chance to try it last summer, now's your chance.

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The Commons Brewery Releases 2014 Biere Royale in Bottles

Portland, OR – The Commons Brewery will be releasing their next seasonal on Monday, July 14th at Belmont Station during their annual Puckerfest, a celebration of sour, wild and funky beers. 

Biere Royale, modeled after the french cocktail Kir Royale, is a sour ale with black currants. First brewed as a popular draft-only beer for the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, the bottled version has a bright acidity from a house-grown Lactobacillus culture originally harvested from yogurt. Black Currants are added during primary fermentation to add additional acidity, fruitiness and a deep purple hue to the final product. The process was catalogued very well by our friend Sanjay at

Biere Royale will be available in 750ml capped bottles and in limited draft quantities at our Tasting Room and Portland’s finest grocery and specialty stores until mid-August. 

In addition to Biere Royale, Belmont Station will have several other special draft beers for the occasion: Citrus Royale, the citrus companion to Biere Royale, Trillium, a limited blended, barrel aged sour farmhouse ale and Ortucky Common, a dark rye sour ale brewed specifically for the 2013 Puckerfest. 

Opened in December 2011, The Commons Brewery crafts approachable and balanced European-inspired beers. The tasting room is located at: 1810 SE 10th Avenue, Unit E (entrance on SE Stephens between 10th & 11th). Tasting room hours are Thursday 5-9pm, Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 2-9pm,  and Sunday 2-6pm.

Since its founding in 1997, Belmont Station has become Portland's premier beer destination. The bottleshop features that have been thoughtfully selected, meticulously rotated, and properly stored under UV-filtered light to maintain the freshest selection of beer in the region. The adjacent features 20+ rotating taps and a cask "beer engine" pouring world-class brew on the cleanest draft system in Portland. 

Biere Royale
Sour Ale with Black Currants
ABV: 5.5%

Malts: Pilsner / Malted Spelt / Flaked Wheat/ Acidulated Malt
Hops: Saaz
Microorganisms: Sacchromyces, Lactobaccilus 

For more information, contact Josh Grgas at

Photo courtesy of The Commons Brewery

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