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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Crack is Whack

Day #560 Marionberry Hibiscus Gose / Widmer Brothers Brewing, Portland, OR
Previously from this brewery: Another look at this beerBarrel Aged Brrrbon, more Brrrbon, Citra Blonde, and Brrr (not sure how many R's are in that one)

It's a gorgeous Saturday, and I'm hard at work on a number of different tasks, so I'm jumping in and getting to the good stuff.  Today's beer is a bottle of Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer Brothers in Oregon.  This one was shipped to BlogNamedBrew manor as part of beer mail - for those who don't know, there's an underground network of beer geeks who mail each other hard to find beers from their respective corners of the world.  I freely admit that when I saw the name, I said aloud to no one, "Why on earth did they name their beer after Marion Barry?"  For those who don't get the reference: Marion Barry was the Mayor of Washington, D.C. who was arrested for smoking crack, sent to jail, and then later re-elected as Mayor again!  For kids out there who don't believe they can overcome obstacles, I will remind you that this dude was the mayor, smoked crack and got arrested, went to jail, and then was re-elected.  Fascinating. Let that sink in for a few minutes before you continue reading.

As you may have guessed, this beer has nothing to do with politics or crack, but rather marionberry, a blackberry commonly grown in Oregon.  Glad we got that straight, and now back to your regularly scheduled beer review.  When you pour this beer, you get a fruit punch color, with just the thinnest white line of head on the edge of the beer.  There's a fruity, floral aroma with just a hint of spice.  The taste starts out dry, but you eventually get a tart sweetness from the berries.  There's a saltiness to this beer that helps cut some of the sweetness and make it incredibly enjoyable.  Very interesting and unusual beer, and well worth a try if you can find yourself a bottle.  Just stay away from the crack.  Crack kills.... or gets you re-elected.
That's not Kool-Aid
For those who haven't yet found themselves drinking a gose, this style of beer originated in Germany.  It belongs to the same family tree as other sour wheat beers such as witbier, gueuze, and Berliner weisse.  I like them because of the hint of salt; always a welcome flavor in my world.

Thing to Think About Today:
Okay, so my second thought after realizing this beer had nothing to do with Marion Barry was to say out loud, "The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!", a reference to the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory scene with the lickable wallpaper.  One of my favorite movies as a kid, partially because my mom worked for Hershey and I desperately wanted it to be an awesome, crazy place like in the movie.  I don't think it was, but she seemed to like it there anyway.  The incomparable Gene Wilder, the floor is yours....

And really, I can't let you ride off into the sunset without you getting this song stuck in your head, can I?

"What do you think will come of that?"

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