In honor of the 120th Boston Marathon, Sam Adams has created the “26.2 Brew” – a Gose style ale with characteristics and flavors tailor made to sate the driving thirst of those who just finished a marathon. And thus, the perfect post-workout beer was born.
“When we first got involved with the Boston Marathon, they asked us, almost as a joke, ‘is there a beer for runners?’” said Jim Koch, co-founder and chairman of Sam Adams. But, being the visionary that he is, Koch saw this as an opportunity.
“I started thinking okay, for the marathon, what kind of beer would be suited for running a marathon?” And after a few moments of careful consideration and reflecting on his time as a marathon runner in the 70s, Jim landed on Gose.
For those who don’t know, Gose is a German wheat-based sour-style ale that is known for being robust and flavorful yet light and session-able. And the fact that it comes in at a reasonable 4.2% abv means that you don’t have to worry about getting the spins after your run from a head rush.
Even better, Gose is typically brewed with salt, giving it a little bit of an electrolyte kick to get you replenished after your workout.
However, if you want to try Sam Adam’s specially crafted workout beer, you need to get yourself over to Boston sometime in the next month or so, seeing as the “26.2 Brew” is only a limited run, available at bars along the course of the Boston Marathon, and a limited number of pubs and restaurants throughout New England.
“We have kept 26.2 small and local. And I’m okay with that,” says Koch. “It makes it really special. And it makes it a celebration of the Boston Marathon–that you’ve got to come here to get it.”
That said, Sam Adams is far from the only player in the Gose game. And while it would probably be nice to try their take on the style, there are tons of other perfectly good Gose-style ales on the market that are sure to quench your post-workout thirst. Here are just a few to get you started.