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Drink this: Rugged Coast Lime Gose by Longwood Brewing

There’s been a lovely altruistic trend in craft beer lately, with breweries teaming up with non-profit charities to raise money for worthy causes.
Made with Vancouver Island Sea Salt and fresh-squeezed lime, Longwood Brewing’s Rugged Coast is as
Made with Vancouver Island Sea Salt and fresh-squeezed lime, Longwood Brewing’s Rugged Coast is as close as you can get to a lime margarita in beer form. Photo Rob Mangelsdorf

There’s been a lovely altruistic trend in craft beer lately, with breweries teaming up with non-profit charities to raise money for worthy causes. Proceeds from Longwood Brewery in Nanaimo’s latest release, Rugged Coast Lime Gose, go towards funding the Rugged Coast Research Society, a newly formed society developed to research and restore remote coastal habitats along the B.C. coast. Twenty-five cents from each can of Rugged Coast helps clean up B.C. beaches and save marine wildlife.So if anyone gives you the stink-eye for crushing cans at the bus stop at eight in the morning, just tell them it’s for charity!

Regardless of its positive environmental implications, this is a pretty delicious gose — a salted sour wheat ale, for those unfamiliar. Made with Vancouver Island Sea Salt and fresh-squeezed lime, Rugged Coast is as close as you can get to a lime margarita in beer form. Tart and citrusy, the briny minerality balances the acidity. The result is light-bodied and refreshing — and at just 4.5 per cent ABV — highly crushable.

Hopefully Rugged Coast sticks around until summer, because it seems almost a shame to waste it on a rainy day.

Rugged Coast Lime Gose by Longwood Brewing

Gose • 4.5 per cent ABV • 11 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

Appearance: Hazy copper peach colour with an ample white head.

Aroma: Citrus, lime, margarita.

Flavour: Lime, citrus, grapefruit, margarita, wheat, balance minerality and acidity, very refreshing.

Body/Finish: Light-bodied with a tart, dry finish.

Pairs with: Barbecued chicken, shrimp ceviche, SPF 5 tanning oil and a long day picking up trash off the beach.

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