As a valuable public service, we taste the latest in Lower Mainland beers and then give you a highly opinionated, pocket-sized review.
On Tap: Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks Kiwami Plum Sour.
Their Words: “A delicately tart wheat kettle sour brewed with fresh plums.”
Taste Test: There’s a very valid argument to be made that the folks at Fuggles & Warlock aren’t exactly the verbose types. Hop on their website and they seem to be all about the minimalist route. There’s a home link and an order link and not much else, which makes the job of coming up with a detailed and informed breakdown of their Kiwami Plum Sour a little on the difficult side. Maybe they figured that the one-sentence “Their Words” blurb about fresh plums on the side of the can was enough. As for how fresh, they evidently aren’t kidding; there’s a secondary bit of fine print that reads: “Contains fresh plums. Please keep refrigerated.” Colour-wise, “wheat beer” normally makes you think of something paler than Stoya crossed with Bill Skarsgård in Season 1 of Castle Rock. Maybe the plums have everything to do with it, but here you’re getting a beer a couple of shades darker than a standard Canadian lager. Taste-wise, this low-carbonated citrus-forward offering suggests the plums were pulled off the tree a good week or two before they were ready to drop, which is to say as a sour it’s smashingly as advertised.
Deep Thoughts: Ever been lucky enough to spend time in Tokyo, perhaps sipping plum wine in Shibuya, or downing roasted plum martinis at the Park Hyatt’s New York Bar? If not, Kiwami Plum Sour will take you there, starting with the indisputably styling artwork on the can. Then again, maybe it won’t. Sometimes you’ll look at something thinking it’s Japanese, only to discover—via Google translate—that something seems to have gotten lost in translation.