Floating on an inner tube, fishing on the boat, hitting the links for a quick round of golf – all things that you need to be somewhat sober for. You'd want to avoid injury, or at least be somewhat effective at performing these tasks. Also, they are all associated with summer, so you want something refreshing and tasty to go along with them.
This past weekend I found myself trying to decide what brew to bring with on my weekly round of golf with my buddies.
As I was perusing the aisles, I had several requirements to check off. Six pack? Lower alcohol by volume? Decent price point? Cans? Quaffable? Check. Check. Check. Check. Check. There it was starting back at me with its black, white, and gold can.
The can itself has a gorgeous design, reading: Sour – Salty – Delicious. Definitely more exciting than your standard summer wheat beer or lager.
The Gose is a long forgotten German style wheat beer that has made quite the comeback in the last few years. Initially, the style was brewed in Germany in the city of Goslar, back in the 16th Century, and mostly disappeared around the time of World War Two. It made a short-lived comeback in the 1960’s and started being produced again in the 80’s. It had another one-year hiatus around 1988, and has been produced mostly in Germany since then. The Gose is known there for not following the Reinheitsgetbot, or the German Beer Purity Law, as it is typically top fermented with lactic acid bacteria and yeast.
You can have one, two, three, and your back swing won't suffer one bit.”
Around the turn of the decade, Gose started appearing around American beer shelves. These days you wouldn’t be hard pressed to find a whole shelf of Goses at many bottle shops, and it seems like everyone has their own version out there.
Westbrook Brewing out of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina makes one of the best. Created in 2012, they were one of the first to embrace the old style. The beer itself pours a light hazy golden pale yellow, and sits very light in the glass with a medium head that dies off quickly. At first sniff you get a pungent, sour smell, reminiscent of most yeasty sour beers. This beer however is made to be had in a can, preferably with a koozie on it, during your activity on a hot summer day.
As you take the first sip the sea salt and coriander pop at you first, and you can barely detect a hint of alcohol, making it ever so crushable. The mouth feel gives an almost milky presence, but the salty tart finish makes you want to keep drinking more. You can have one, two, three, and your back swing won't suffer one bit. The 4.0% ABV makes sure that you get a refreshing feel from it, quenching your thirst, rather than you feeling heavy or dragged down by some higher ABV beers. It’s perfect whether you are trying not to slice the ball, throw the perfect cast, or just finish mowing the lawn.
Summertime is known for being outside, and doing fun activities, if you can get it, this world class Gose is the one to help enhance your summer activities, and help you keep your Wit(s) about you.