|Gose, traditional and served with 4 possible flavored syrups|
On a recent visit Breakside had the latest version of the Gose on tap. A traditional take on thisalmost extinct style of German beer, a low ABV-wheat beer brewed with salt and coriander and a lactic fermentation. What is not traditional is the housemade syrups that Breakside’s kitchen has made to go along with the beer. A Berliner-Weisse would traditionally be served with the option of sweet syrups like Raspberry or Woodruff, but not a Gose. However, there are some similarities between the styles, so it seems Breakside feels they are appropriate here. Like Burnside Brewing, Breakside has concocted its own takes on fruit syrups, with Strawberry, Marjoram, Beaujolais, and ‘Bloody’. I tried a pint on its own, followed by samples with each of the syrups added. They all tasted pretty authentic, with the Beaujolais (a type of wine grape) being the most subtle; the others were good as well. The Strawberry indeed tasted fresh and not like a fake flavoring, the Marjoram was interesting, with a pleasant soft floral and herbal quality reminiscent of a relaxing tea, and the ‘Bloody’–as in Bloody Mary–had quite a bit of kick with extra saltiness and some good spicy heat. Though I gotta say I am not a fan of bastardizing beers by adding Bloody Mary mix, this one was tasty but felt wrong to me at the same time. It is certainly worth a try.