When I explained this beer to my mom, she exclaimed “Yuck!”
As a primarily non-beer drinker, that’s sort of the response I expected out of her. Adding salt to beer, let alone sour beers, seems like a new practice yet it’s actually historically inspired by gose, a style of beer dating back to 16th century Germany. Paradox Beer Company is one of many breweries who are reviving the style, continuously adding large amounts of salt to their beer and adding an extra layer of complexity that isn’t there with a usual sour beer.
Last year, we were initiated into the salted watermelon flavor combination with Paradox’s Skully No. 15. After achieving a cult-like status among many of the sour beer loving folks, Paradox announced they would be bringing it back for the #30 release.
This year’s version is definitely an upgraded version of No. 15. It’s nice to see them bring it back with a gusto. The color is deeper, resembling an orange-red with subtle hints of pink instead of the fruit punch style pink color we grew accustomed to last year. The flavor is better, with more watermelon juice added to this batch. Overall, this beer is just plain amazing. The only complaint I’ve heard from anyone has had regarded the lower carbonation, which, if you realize how much acidity and salt is in this beer, is really a non-issue.
Paradox’s ingenuity and varying ingredients definitely has brought them high praise from beer lovers, but Salty Melons is the beer that has put them on the map for good. It will be interesting how they approach this beer for future releases!
If you see this at a local liquor store, make sure you grab one. Actually grab a case, it’s that good. It definitely is Brew Love.