Capital got into the loving feeling for Valentine's Day, releasing a new sour in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. Pucker Up was created ahead of the start of forthcoming exhibition Australian Love Stories "to reflect the sometimes sweet, sometimes sour nature of romantic love".
The major exhibition developed by the National Portrait Gallery kicks off on March 20 as a celebration of love in all its guises – from the romantic, to the platonic, between friends, lovers, creative collaborators and within families and communities – and features more than 200 artworks, including photography, painting, works on paper and small objects. As for the beer, elderflower was chosen due to its historic use as an aphrodisiac, as well as to ward off evil spirits, and to symbolise regeneration.
Capital's lead brewer Matt Thiele describes the beer as "a perfectly balanced 4.5 percent sour with a lovely hint of sweetness and a silky mouthfeel thanks to 250kg of pear and the addition of lactose. Dried elderflower petals added hot side, and dry-hopped elderflower syrup adds subtle earthy, floral aromas. It finishes tart making it a refreshing, sessionable, summer love story."
- Pear & Elderflower Sour
On tap at Capital's Fyshwick taproom
And select venues around Canberra