For fans of expensive sours

We’ve grown to appreciate sours and expect to pay dearly for them. (Side note: we recently picked up 3 bottles of Cantillon in BC for $25/apiece and noticed a bar here in Portland has the same 3 for $75/each!). Even at the cheap-o Canadian rate, for a 750mL bottle, that’s a buck an ounce. Better still, a supermarket in our hood glowed from the light of 375mL bottles of the Gueuze priced at only $9, or $0.75/oz.  And while 375s aren’t nips, we love ’em anyway.

Fans of acetic acid, one of the souring agents in Cantillon and other Lambic beers, always fill their snifters with straight balsamic vinegar. That stuff’s acetic to the hilt! And the same neighborhood upscale supermarket pedals the aged stuff in what we’ll call Imperial Nips: 3.4-ounce portions. Get a load of those prices: $100, $125, $150…up to TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS per 100mL bottle of 30-year Leonardi Tradizionale Balsamic Vinegar DOP(virtually $60/oz). If you’re buying, bet you’re glad these don’t come in bombers.

Mama mia that’sa expensive

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About Brian
Author of beer books "Red, White, & Brew" & "Oregon Breweries." Championing responsible packages for responsible beer lovers. #Nips!

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