Gose ( pronounced Go-Suh) is either an ancient sour style of German beer or the craft brew hipsters latest obsession depending on whom you are speaking with. Both seem to be true but to be honest the later is more of a salty opinion and the former is pure fact.
Born in Leipziger, Germany sometime in the 18th century this style is most known for its salty base , sour kick, and coriander spice. It is made from over 50% malted wheat and less than 40% malted barley. The beer is brewed with slightly salted water a nod to its name.
The river Gose which flows through the town of Goslar is actually several miles away from Leipziger (which for all intents and purposes of this blog will be referred to as its place of birth). While the two towns are physically miles apart the mineral rich water of the river means they will always be intertwined. In the 11th century, Goslar simultaneously became the most paid and beer dense area in all the land. Silver , Zinc , Copper , Lead and Salt were all mined there and people from all corners of the country sang the praises of the wealthy little brew town.
The water of contained specific white crystals that were thought to have all sorts of medicinal properties by alchemists of the time. Although over time the mining operations in Goslar came to halt the majority Gose production moved a couple of miles over to Leipziger ! The good fortune of Leipziger turned out to be a detriment to the brewers in Goslar. Over time, the neighborly competition wore them down and eventually Goslar abolished all production of one of its most popular exports.
Fast forward to today and Gose is staging a pretty popular comeback. Put yourself in the mind of sour fruit flavors andSome of my favorites include the Sierra Nevada Otra Vez, Six Point Brewery Jammer and Two Roads Brewing Company’s collaboration with Jeppe from Evil Twin Two Evil Geyser Gose.