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Making Kettle Sours

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Aaron Rupp - Atlanta, Georgia asks,
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I have started to see more sour beers in my local beer stores. When did these become so popular? I am interested in the different methods used to produce sour beers, especially those used by craft brewers who are canning and bottling sours in 12 ounce (354 mL) bottles and selling these beers for pretty normal prices. I really want to brew some of these beers at home and want to know where to begin!

A
It took a while for brewers outside of the small sour brewing centers of Belgium and Germany to produce excellent sours because so much of the science and practice of sour beer
Response by Ashton Lewis.