Gose (pronounced like “rose uh”) is an old German style of wheat beer that almost fell off the radar but which is making a minor comeback thanks to American craft brewers. Typically lower in alcohol and brewed using salt and coriander, it’s an excellent warm weather drink that often boasts a tart bite in the finish. Carton’s Digger doesn’t strictly adhere to the style, instead giving this elusive German brew a Jersey Shore twist with the use of local clams (yes, clams) and lemongrass, but the result is still a crisp, refreshing concoction. When coupled with the modest 3.9 percent ABV, the light lemon zest and faint salty tang make this highly approachable beer the kind of session ale that can accompany just about any activity. It’s anything but aggressive, and that’s a huge part of its appeal. Try it now at Institute, and at the Feb. 5 “Sour Face” event at Bainbridge St. Barrel House.
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