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This week: Gose
How is this delicious, refreshing, mouth watering beverage made? Where is it from? Name 3 producers.
The Gose is a top-fermented sour wheat ale originating from Germany. This style is typically flavored with salt and coriander, among other things, and is made sour by inoculating the wort with lactobacillus before primary fermentation. My favorite producers are: Anderson Valley Brewing(they make a dizzying number of different ones), Sixpoint Brewery, and Blue Owl Brewing here in Austin.
Named/created in the town of Goslar, and they used same named river that runs through it, which has a high salt content creating the style. When I first looked into this that seemed odd, as geographically it doesn’t look like the area should have brackish water, from what I read the area is known for salt mining and it leeched into the river.
Historically at some of the pubs in Saxony, you could even request your preferred level of salt. Bayerischer Bahnhof in the town of Leipzig makes a Leipziger Gose that is available in the U.S. Some other U.S. craft variations on the historical style include Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale (Delaware) and Union Old Pro (Maryland).
A few things to add.
- It's notable that Gose styles typically feature little-to-no hop presence
- The coriander makes it non-compliant with the Reinheitsgebot, except it's allowed in as an exceptional regional style
- Goses have emerged from obscurity to popularity pretty quicky. Oliver's Oxford Companion to Beer from 2011 doesn't even have an entry on the style! Fast forward six years and, in 2017, there are more Goses than Berliner Weisses submitted for competition at the Great American Beer Festival.
Originated in Goslar, Nierdersachsen (Lower Saxony), this ale belongs to the general family of sour wheat beer. Its grain bill by tradition usually
contains at least 50% wheat. Due to the usage of salt and coriander etc, it is not brewed according to Rheinheitsgebot but allowed exemption as
it is considered a regional specialty.
Here in the States, big houses like Sierra Nevada made its own version of it called Otra Vez, while Samuel Adams has a raspberry lemon gose.
And there are hundreds other versions on the market.
Paste Magazine online has an interesting article comparing different goses: