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Colleague Kait recently introduced me to this beer during a staff outing. A small group of us went to a local joint – local to me anyway – Mojo Rosa’s in beautiful downtown Egg Harbor. It’s two blocks from my place.
Kait brought us there for a beer on tap called Mossy Gabby. Or that’s what I heard all night. Only later did I learn that this amazing beer is called Mas Agave – or More Agave. It’s made by Founders Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids, Mich.
With that first encounter, still not knowing the real name of this beverage before me in a snifter, I had no idea what I was drinking, but I was charmed with the very first sip. By the second sip I was deeply in love, almost ready to forget that it was named Mossy Gabby and also that I had vowed not to marry a fourth time. By the third sip, yes, I was ready to marry this beer and remain faithful for the rest of my miserable life.
I was getting so many delicious, harmonious flavors from this snifter of Mossy Gabby. It tasted like the nectar of the gods.
Only later did I learn what the mad scientists at Founders were attempting to do with this beer – they were trying to create a beer margarita.
They wisely chose gose as the style, a salty German sour wheat beer. In the case of Mas Agave, it is an imperial lime gose. Add some agave to that, age it in tequila barrels and you have all the elements of a heavenly margarita, with the delicious twist that it is a beer.
And it is a brawny 10 percent beer, which is funny when you know that I told two craft beer-loving colleagues who were not at the gathering for this incredible beer, and the first each said independently, “Is it light?”
It is not light, nor is it heavy. In fact, it seems to be practically perfect in every way.
Kait had mentioned that she had also tried the bottled version of Mas Agave, and while it’s still a great beer, the draft version had more harmonious character.
I picked up a four-pack to test her premise, and, once again, I found her beer judgement sound. The lime gose-iness of the beer stands out more in the bottle, making it more of a Menos Agave than a Mas Agave.
But still delicious. The best surprise came at the very last sip from the snifter I had poured it into – salt! It was amazing to get that little salty bite at the end.
This is a high-stepping wild pony of a beer, or as Founders says on its website, “Consider it a party in a bottle.”