[Spotlight] Preyer Brewing Company’s bold Thai Shrimp Gose
By: Jennifer Zeleski
Preyer Brewing Company, located at 600 Battleground Ave. in Greensboro, has brought back a version of its stand-alone, award-winning beer.
Thai Shrimp Gose was born in the summer of 2017 when the brewery was put to the test: add cucumber to its entry for the Inaugural Triad Brewing Championship. Never ones to shy away from a challenge, the brewing company decided to take it a step further.
“We wanted to shake it up with an idea we had for awhile,” said Nicole Preyer, co-owner of Preyer Brewing Company. “A Gose is a traditional, sour German wheat ale brewed with sea salt and coriander. But so many traditional, preserved foods around the world are made by salt curing, and we wanted to start experimenting with using those instead of straight just sea salt.”
So the brewing company decided on salted shrimp, threw in the cucumber, and added some grapefruit for a “citrus punch.” The idea turned into a successful reality — the brew took home first place. A few tweaks to the recipe lead to the brew’s comeback for the spring of 2018, which is now available on tap, in can and is found in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte. For those who might still be a bit hesitant, Preyer said the flavor is hard to beat.
“It has a very delicate, earthy sweetness, with a background of umami from the shrimp. Layered over that is more dominant, refreshing cucumber, ending with the grapefruit,” Preyer said. “The beer is slightly salty and tart, which cleanses the palate, but also leaves you wanting more.”
Other than the Thai Shrimp Gose, the brewery offers other options that push its flavor potential. The Miso Gose, also on the draft list, features red miso paste and lemongrass. But there are also steadfast-sellers that Preyer suggests.
“Our Harder Better Faster Lager is always a crisp, refreshing crowd pleaser, as is our Powder of Love NE IPA,” Preyer said. “We’ve always got something new, and we make sure to balance our ‘out there’ beers with some classic styles that are appealing to (almost) everyone.”
Preyer said despite those “out-there” combinations, the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.
“Our unique flavors definitely have their detractors – mostly online, where it’s easy to be keyboard critic – but we put a lot of thought into what we do, and we don’t make beers just for the wow factor,” Preyer said. “They are tested, vetted, and some of the duds don’t make it to market.”
Whether you’re drinking or brewing, “There’s no right way to beer,” Preyer said. “It should be fun.