Smooth and Sour.

The Melvin crew decided it was time to go on an exotic excursion. We were on a quest to capture the Sour Soul, and bring it to you in liquid form. First we laid low, sharpening our blades so we could cut through the overgrowth and unearth the magnificent flavors and aromas within. With each new Volume, we will deliver the true essence of fruits and other ingredients from around the world in beer form, guided by our brewers’ desire to constantly inspire their senses. Are you ready to join the voyage?

John Hastings creates artwork under the moniker “RumTum” in visual art and music. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, John Hastings spent most of his time on the shores of Lake Erie enjoying natural elements and relating to them through drawing. During this time, he developed a close relationship with the balance of human, animal and plant life in this habitat–this spawned a broader love and connection for aquatic nature, marine life, and the vast landscapes they create. The natural geometric patterns in tropical plants and deep sea atmospheres found their way into his work — and the birth of new creatures and whimsical scenes transport you to a playful oasis.

Volume II

Sour Ale with Plum & Spices   ABV: 4.0%

For Volume II of the Sour Soul, we wanted to lay down a smooth beat of deeper, more nuanced flavors for the colder months. We kept the same base recipe, starting with a tart wheat ale, then added plums and a touch of anise & hyssop. The subtle spice character plays nicely with the rich flavors of juicy plum, creating a beautiful melody worth sampling again and again…

Volume I

Sour Ale with Passion Fruit & Guava   ABV: 4.0%

The Melvin crew decided it was time to go on a tropical excursion. First we laid low, sharpening our blades so we could cut through the overgrown forest to eventually capture the Sour Soul, and bring it to you in liquid form. For Volume 1, we started with a soft wheat base and fermented it with super special yeast to keep it zippy, then cranked up the juice dial with guava and passion fruit, bringing bright citrus melodies and deep berry bass lines for days.