We’ve all had that moment when we wished we could just drink a beer right then and there. Well, wish no more. Emergency Drinking Beer from Georgia-based Wild Heaven Beer is here to save the day. The brewery describes this quirky brew as “a one-of-a-kind session beer of a crisp pilsner married with a traditional gose.”
Appearance and Aroma
Emergency Drinking Beer’s label features a stark yellow background overlaid with black bold lettering spelling out the beer’s name and phrases like “All Purpose Blend” and “Contents: Beer.” Out of its aluminum vessel, the beer pours a crystal-clear light straw gold with two fingers of off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing around the glass rim. As I swirl and smell the beer, aromas of biscuity, doughy malt with a hint of lemon arise.
Bring on the emergencies—I’m prepared as long as I have this brew on hand.”
When it comes to flavor, Wild Heaven’s pilsner-meets-gose description is accurate. Emergency Drinking Beer is a bright, crisp lager with just a hint of something extra. Crackers and biscuity malt flavors appear at first. These tastes slowly transition into a subtle herbal hop flavor and punchy citrus and lemon notes from the citrus zest and lemongrass added during brewing. A nod to its gose roots, the inclusion of Portuguese sea salt adds a touch of salinity. The beer finishes refreshingly clean and dry with a soft hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.
In a world filled with pastry stouts and hazy IPAs, a beer like Emergency Drinking Beer could easily go unnoticed. Luckily, its can design is an attention-getter. When it comes to the beer, this is a solid lager that I can say I’d gladly drink in multiples. Call it an ode to the lawnmower beer or your rescue beer after a stressful day. Emergency Drinking Beer checks all the boxes for an all-day sipper in my book. It’s refreshing, mildly flavorful, and at 4.4% ABV, poundable AF. Bring on the emergencies—I’m prepared as long as I have this brew on hand.