They’re in our ice cream. They’re in our bagel chips, our granola, our bean-to-bar chocolates and everywhere from wood-fired kitchens to discerning food trucks. And now, despite every Portland chef and gustatory artist worth their salt boasting that they use Oregon's Jacobsen Sea Salt, it has taken Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery to make us salivate by salinating their new Jammer Gose. A gose is light, tart ale that originated in the Geman state of Saxony that's made with malted wheat and, famously, salt. Given today’s craft brewing climate, it seems like it was only a matter of time before our local sodium mongers were invited to partner on a style of beer that's increasingly becoming a smash hit each summer.
Sixpoint was established in 2004 but only arrived in Portland back in December. They are known for their 12-ounce slim cans. Jammer, at only 4.2 percent alcohol and boasting meyer lemon notes with additional sweetness courtesy of coriander and more pronounced salinity that most goses, is now their most crushable. But it hasn’t arrived in Portland yet.
If you’re looking for a beer with something from the Jacobsen family, at least Buckman’s Coalition Brewing new honey wheat ale, Honey Trap, which is also light-bodied at 4.5 percent alcohol and fruity without being sweet, is made with Bee Local honey, which Ben Jacobsen bought earlier this year.