I have zero issues with coming out and stating that sours are going to be the signature beer of the South Florida craft beer market. They are all over the place, they are different enough to completely stand out from an increasingly crowded craft beer selection portfolio, and they are perfectly light and sessionable for hot, humid Florida Days.
From there, I’m actually going to go back a little bit to my first tour at Oakland Park’s shining star of beer, Funky Buddha Brewery. As part of the tour, were were told about a rather interesting beer, Veruca Snozzberry Gose (Gose, 5.2% ABV, 0 IBU). As you can probably assume, it’s a not-so-subtle reference to the overly-greedy character Veruca Salt from Roald Dahl’s classic piece of children’s literature (that also reads like a slasher film), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
We were told that Veruca Snozzberry Gose was one of the first bomber bottles Funky Buddha ever released. We were also told that it was brewed as a one-off for members of Funky Buddha’s mug club thing, and it would never be brewed again. Bummer.
Well, not so much. It’s back at Funky Buddha, and on tap.
First, the prerequisite history lesson, since many of you may be unfamiliar with a gose. Gose was brewed near Central Germany, and (as is the case with amny a strange variety of beer) was lost around World War II, only to be revived around 1985. It’s exceptionally similar to a berliner weisse, a lighter sour tasting beer whose malt is usually half wheat. The big difference is that a gose has additions of coriander and salt, either as an addition or as brine being used in the brewing process instead of straight water. They tend to be low in alcohol content with a lightly fruity character.
In short, perfect for South Florida.
And if you’re interested or like sour beers (like I am), this is a great beer for you. The sourness is the prominent characteristic for the beer, as the hoppiness is so far back you may not taste anything at all. It’s not so bad that you immediately pucker up like eating a lemon, but the sourness is so unmistakeable that you know you’re not drinking a typical beer.
Veruca also has hints of trademark lemon-like notes in both taste and aroma, in addition to the berries that Funky Buddha added to the batch for their variation on ‘snozzberry.’ There’s definitely some raspberry to it, but if they added anything else, someone will need to tell me about it. Yes, there is a slight saltiness to it, but you won’t notice it much. It only accentuates the other flavors.
There are plenty of other sours available on the market. Actually, while Funky Buddha has Veruca Snozzberry Gose on tap, they still had a guest tap of Hibiscus Gose from Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing as well. There’s no telling how long it’ll last, thought, so head over soon.
And if they’re out, don’t throw a temper tantrum, please.
Drink Florida Craft,