What We'll Be Drinking This Summer: Gose, the Gatorade of Beer

Gose died out after World War II, but now brewers are embracing the tangy, tart yet refreshing ale.

Germany's centuries-old gose (pronounced "goes-a") takes its name from the country's northwestern Goslar and Gose rivers—the mineral-rich waters lent the local beer an appealing salinity. A tangy, tart but refreshing electrolyte-packed ale—think of it as Gatorade for beer drinkers.

Though gose gradually died out after World War II, brewers are again embracing the salty beverage, cranking out the citrusy Original Ritterguts Gose, acidic Leipziger Gose, and aromatic Freigeist Geisterzug Gose, which is brewed with spruce tips. And it's catching on in the US as well: Try the Off Color Brewing's Troublesome, Portland brewer's Upright Gose, and Westbrook Gose, which even comes in picnic-friendly cans.

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