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Westbrook Gose: sour beer brewed in South Carolina

IMG_8823I’ve been noticing quite a few mentions of sour beers recently, and their rising (if still limited) popularity among beverage geeks. These are brews that fill your mouth not with a malty sweetness or hopped-up bitterness but rather a taste more akin to sour gummy worms.

I discovered one I really like one day when I bellied up to the bar at Leon’s Full Service with an unusual request. I specifically wanted a refreshing, low-alcohol beer because I had just been exercising and knew I’d suck it back quickly. The guy behind the bar reached deep into the cooler and pulled out a can of Westbrook Gose — a German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt, and clocking in at a very chuggable 4% alcohol. It was perfect, like beer Gatorade.

I found this beer again at Sobban, the exciting new “Korean-Southern diner” from the folks at Heirloom Market BBQ. The beer went really well with the food, like the way an acidic chenin blanc or verdejo white wine might perk up to salty, spicy fare.

Best yet, Westbrook is kinda local, brewed just outside of Charleston. According to its website and other sources, Gose (pronounced “Goes-uh”) beers, which get their bite from a bacterial inoculation, were once nearly extinct, but are starting to come back. Think I need some more Gose and other sour beers in my life.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

9 comments Add your comment

jimmy

November 7th, 2013
10:25 am

I just saw a variation of this for the first time this week, the “Gozu” which is the same beer as above, with some yuzu fruit. Picked up some in Greenville. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24134/104279

Cold Tuna T Shirt Smell

November 7th, 2013
10:44 am

Welcome to 3 months ago. How about an update on Ballast Point? Better yet, let Townsend do the beer writing.

John Kessler

November 7th, 2013
11:42 am

Jimmy – Daniel at Sobban had mentioned that as well. Can’t wait to try it; I’m a fool for all things yuzu.
Cold Tuna – Sounds like someone has a lactobacillus-inoculated soul. If you measure beer trends by the month, you might prefer a more specialized blog. I’m recommending a delicious, food-friendly, but still quite niche Southern beverage to a general readership that may not know about it.

Mark

November 7th, 2013
1:52 pm

Thanks for write-up. I just had this beer for the first time at Bocca Lupo and also liked it’s food compatibility. And, the more beer coverage, the better in my opinion!

RK

November 7th, 2013
3:06 pm

I stumbled on them when Joel’s had a keg (!) of Duchesse de Bourgogne. It is fantastic — I’ve seen them at Fresh Market and Hop City. Hop City has a large selection of them.

FM Fats

November 8th, 2013
7:46 am

Check out the St. Louis Gueuze on tap at the Brick Store. A real yummy sour brew.

Baltisraul......

November 8th, 2013
11:45 am

John….we need to keep Mark happy, more beer reviews, pls. He is loyal but at times gets stuck in that tunnel, but thats ok, he likes what he likes.

Baltisraul......

November 9th, 2013
7:57 am

Ballast Point is good.

Colly

November 9th, 2013
3:26 pm

Cold Tuna’s a toad – thanks for putting him back in his can, JK. Angry food readers need to go form a group somewhere else.