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click to enlarge New Belgium Brewing Company has released an array of sour beers.

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New Belgium Brewing Company has released an array of sour beers.

Sour, funky and wild beers are increasingly popular in New Orleans, and an upcoming New Belgium Brewing Company event offers a look at the techniques used to make these types of beers.

  Batches of the same barrel-aged beer can have different flavors due to differences in the barrels. To create a consistent product, brewers blend the sour brews from different barrels until a final beer is perfected. New Belgium blending masters Lauren Salazar and Eric Salazar share their experience at a symposium March 10 at Warehouse Grille (869 Magazine St., 504-322-2188; www.warehousegrille.com). Attendees can taste various single-barrel, unblended batches of the base beer, New Belgium's Love Oscar, and create their own blends to sample.

  The symposium is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is limited to 50 people.

  The two also participate in a more casual event on March 9 at the Snooty Cooter at Cooter Brown's Tavern (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com). They will be joined by brewers from NOLA Brewing Company and Great Raft Brewing, with each offering samples of rare sour beers on draft. The New Belgium beers will be Love Felix and Oscar Kissed Cherry, a rare blend of Love Oscar and Transatlantique Kriek. Great Raft offers Mixed Feelings and the New Orleans debut of Oceans Between Us, an IPA brewed with Brettanomyces yeasts. NOLA Brewing provides two small-batch sour beers, Against the Currant and Out Tequil-Ya.

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