Great Raft Brewing/John Besh Foundation Gose Review

June 23, 2015
By: Nathan Mattise,

Local flavors rule New Orleans, but this old adage extends beyond the seasonal crawfish boil. Today regional brewers join chefs in seeking out the city’s prominent tastes, from the traditional (Louisiana strawberries featured in light sippers from Abita or Covington Brewhouse) to the unorthodox (40 Arpent’s red beans and rice-inspired Red Bean Ale or Mudbug Brewery’s King Cake Ale and Café Au Lait Stout).

Smack dab in the middle of that range sits a new German gose, Provisions and Traditions Volume II. This collaborative project brings together Shreveport, Louisiana’s Great Raft Brewing and the John Besh Foundation, a charitable organization from one of NOLA’s favorite culinary sons (the one with the hair, not the “bam!”). And while the name doesn’t give away what slice of New Orleanian life this beer contains, one sip will provide the answers.