Basking in the sizzling summer sun is the ideal way to spend your time off this season. Once the weather breaks, the hunt is on for the ideal beach brew. I adore Dogfish Head Brewery because of their aggressive innovations that have transformed the craft beer industry since the early years. Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head’s founder and president, is on my list of top five people to have a beer with.
Goses are my sweaty summer sippers because they are crisp and refreshing. The salty tartness brings this style home. I was super jazzed when I came across SeaQuench, which is a unique spin on a gose. It is billed as a “session sour mash-up of a crisp Kölsch, a salty Gose and a tart Berliner Weiss brewed in sequence with blake limes, sour lime juice and sea salt.” This beer spoke to me before I even cracked it open.
At first lips, this beer is simple, but in all the right way. The tartness and saltiness rock your world first and then the light refreshing Kölsch bite brings it home. While I am usually a fan of sours with a bit more depth and that has a fruit-forward kick, SeaQuench reminded me that simplicity is key to brewing a great craft beer, especially one that is massively distributed. When the sweaty cotton mouth kicks in, SeaQuench relieves your taste buds with a lush wave-like mix of salty lime tartness.
Along with being friggin fantastic, SeaQuench clocks in at only 4.9% and has a mere 140 calories. Crushing a few cans of SeaQuench makes me feel less conscious about my quarantine body and I can continue to work it off guilt-free.
To conclude, Dogfish Head’s SeaQuench is a quintessential beer for the summer months. It is simple in every way but complex and innovative at the same time. Taking inspiration from all aspects of brewing, Sam really dug his toes deep into the sand and created something special with SeaQuench.
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Khuangbin’s Con Todo El Mundo
Khuangbin is a three-piece band from Austin, TX. They have a cornucopia of influences that merge the likes of funk, jazz, psychedelic rock, and the blues. SeaQuench complements this album beautifully because of the simplicity of it but how multifaceted the band can melt melodies into sunny jams. The limited use of vocals makes this ideal background music while soaking in rays this summer season.
Jamz on Jamz – “Shades of Man”, “Evan Finds the Third Room”, & “Lady and Man”
Disclaimer: Chaz purchased this beer for this review.