Beer Me! Wild Beer Co’s Tom Yum Gose

Looking for something to pair with my wonderfully slow-roasted lamb dinner last weekend, I went off the beaten track to try something more savoury…

Dealing myself a Gose (pronounced gose-uh), from Wild Beer Co., but unlike the Westbrook version, this has gone in quite a different direction, but to mixed results.

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Wild Beer Co are pretty much embedded in the craft beer scene as a true experimenter with not only styles and ingredients but with eliciting reactions from their drinkers. It’s not the first beer i’ve had of theirs – Sourdough (review incoming) being a particular favourite of mine, Fresh and Bibble being wonderful examples of their styles, and Cool as a Cucumber being one of my wife’s all time favourite beers.

Tom Yum Gose is quite a departure for them, taking a beer in a “savoury-soup” direction.

You pour that sucker into a glass and its dense aromatic whiff hits you, lemongrass, five spice, coconut and cinnamon – it’s more a soup than a beer at this point. It smells savoury, and not in a beery way. There’s a warming aspect to its smell, something almost medicinal, with a soy/oyster maybe even, ironically, a fish sauce backbone.

It even looks the same as Tom Yum, with gleaming fat-like droplets swimming on the surface…I’m sure I cleaned the glass properly I swear.

You sup it, almost delicately, not knowing what to expect, and there’s a tingly spice, right on the tip of your tongue, leading to a christmassy thai wallop.

The descriptor on the front: “Spices + Sourness + Salt”. I tried to pair this 4% beer with food, but ultimately, it’s a meal in itself.


DISCLAIMER: I work for BrewDog and sell BrewDog, Mikkeller and Stone Brewing Co beers into the “North” of England.

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Beer Me! Buxton Brewery’s Red Raspberry Rye

I’m a huge fan of Buxton Brewery – I’m not totally sure they’ve produced a bad beer, or at least one that i’ve tried, yet. From simple and deep beers like SPA, to their glorious Axe and Ace Edges, they’re known for consistency, flavour and having a little experiment. From my point of view, they really knock it out the park with their sours, whether a Berliner Weisse such as this, or a dark sour like Wolfscote.

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I’ve been thoroughly educated on my sour-style beers since my trip to Brussels last year, and visiting the fantastic Cantillion Brewery, as well as spending far too much time and money in Mort Subite and Moeder Lambic. It really was an edifying experience for my palate to discover that there is more out there than US/UK style brewing.

Onto the Raspberry Rye. As soon as you open this up, you have that instant sour aroma hit your nostrils, but there’s more to it – blueberry notes, lingonberry, a lemon citrus zing at the edge of it. It’s great to see far too many people try this for the first time, wonderful in it’s unexpectedness. It smells “Pink” for want of a better word, which is a great association to have in your head – peachy and raspberry (obviously) overtones giving it that colour in your mind.

It looks like a candy nuclear waste dirty bomb, made palatable.

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You sip and instantly a massive dark chocolate laste coats your tongue, moving swiftly to orange (but not chocolate orange) and then a final hit of HUGE raspberry flavourings. I’m reminded of drinking Robinsons cordial after having just brushed my teeth, a citric acid gulp and addictive but in a cold way.

It’s puckering and tonsil exacerbating as it slides down your throat – fetching memories of fizzy sherbet sweets – but then cleansing the palate and leaving swiftly. The aftertaste as it is is like found fruit, an orchard floor, with fruits of the forest.

A fantastic beer, and one i’ll search out again and again.


DISCLAIMER: I work for BrewDog and sell BrewDog, Mikkeller and Stone Brewing Co beers into the “North” of England.