Gose beers have grown on me in the past year or so, and now I would easily consider them my favourite summer style. Light, refreshing, sour and salty – wait am I describing my personality, or the beer? It’s a style I find delicious on a hot summer day, and I keep wanting to believe that the saltiness replenishes my electrolytes. I’m wrong, but that’s OK with me, as long as I can drink more gose beers.

Nickel Brook Brewery has released Ceres Cucumber & Lime Gose under their funk lab brand, a celebration of all beers wild and sour. Ceres is named after the Roman goddess of agriculture and crops, and what a lovely bounty she has yielded with this beer. Brewed with wheat and barley, cucumber, lime, Himalayan sea salt and lactobacillus, a 375 ml bottle weighs in at a light 4% ABV with 0 IBU and will set you back $3.95 at the LCBO. Since there are no hops in this brew, it is best drunk super fresh. Perfect for a patio session!

Appearance: Pale yellow, reminiscent of pineapple juice. Rapidly fading thin white head.

Aroma: Cucumber salad, salty sea air.

Taste: Light and salty, sour. Reminds me of tzaziki with the combination of cucumber, salt and lactobacillus.

Aftertaste: Crisp and sour, the flavour does not linger.

Overall: Pair with greek food – the cucumber, lime and lactobacillus are very inviting. It’s light enough to enjoy on its own, which I find rare. Delicious!

Shawna O'Flaherty

Shawna is a 30-something Montreal native transplanted to Toronto in 2010. Wine loving, beer sniffing and rum swilling come naturally to her, and she is also a certified Irish whiskey taster. She has hosted beer and cheese pairing events in the past.

Shawna has visited vineyards in 6 countries on 3 continents, and has a knack for finding the hoppiest beers around. A dedicated Booze Hound, Shawna completed the Wine Specialist Certificate at George Brown College in 2018.

She can be found drinking alka-seltzer and coconut water in the morning.

Email: shawna@torontoboozehound.com