Westbrook Gose: The Gatorade of Beer

Westbrook is a brewery out of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (which is a suburb of Charleston) that hit the ground running when they were established in 2010. One of their most popular beers, is also a very old style that Westbrook helped revive here in the US. Here’s what they have to say about their Gose:

This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced “goes-uh”), a beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback.

Westbrook Gose
Westbrook Gose

The can says on it “Sour-Salty-Delicious” and it’s hard to argue. Weighing in at a mere 4% ABV, this German-style wheat beer is brewed with sea salt and coriander, and sports a distinct tartness. It pours a cloudy golden straw color and the saltiness is immediately evident on the nose. The first sip is certainly sour and salty, and if you’re not used to those characteristics, it can take you by surprise. However, it’s very refreshing and easy to drink, with a light mouthfeel and finish. This beer is perfect after cutting the grass or after a run, which is why I term it the Gatorade of beer. It’s similar to the lemon-lime Gatorade in that it’s tart with some saltiness and is very refreshing after a workout. Although it is low in ABV, it really isn’t a style that lends itself to drinking a lot of, because the palate can tire of it. But if you’re hot after a trail run or have just finished up some yardwork, Westbrook Gose will certainly hit the spot.

Although it’s not available in Louisiana, you can find it in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, New York CIty and of course, South Carolina.


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