Five years ago if you walked into a bar and asked for a gose1 even a knowledgeable bartender would have looked at you like you were crazy. Fast forward a few years and it has become a revived cult classic with hundreds of breweries offering there own take on the unique brew. Gose is a beer brewed with bacteria along with yeast, sea salt and spices to create a oddly refreshing sour and salty beer. Beeradvocate.com has almost 400 unique beers listed under the gose category. That is a far cry from a day not too long ago when the style that was no longer produces anywhere in the world.
Gose was first brewed over 1000 years ago in Goslar, Germany, but somewhere in the late middle ages the beer faded in popularity until it was no longer brewed in the town that created the style so many years prior. The style was soon revived in the town of Leipzig, Germany where it gained in popularity only to once again fade into oblivion in the early 19th century. By the late 1950s the beer was no longer produced anywhere in Germany.2 But, once again the gose was going to resurface again. In the early 1990s gose started appearing on menus around Leipzig once again. In the last 25 years gose as a beer style has grown from a mildly popular beverage in select parts of Germany to a style enjoyed all over the world.
Gose has become one of the trendy “new” styles for American craft breweries and new interpretations of the style are popping up on a daily basis. Anderson Valley Brewing Company from Northern California has capitalized on this trend with two delicious versions of the style. The Kimmie, The Yank and the Holy Gose is there more traditional interpretation while the Blood Orange Gose is flavored with—you guessed it—blood oranges.
The beer pours a hazy bright gold with one finger of off white chunky head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a few individual lines of continuous bubbles jetting up from the bottom of the glass and disappearing. A quick sniff of the brew and I get a huge citrusy blast. Growing up I had an aunt with a blood orange tree in her yard but it has been 20 years since I have had a blood orange but somehow the smell seems familiar. The beer also has notes of lemon and lime as well as the salinity you would expect in a gose.
Based on the big fruitiness of the nose I am excited to take a sip. Oranges are definitely present in the taste and after a few sips of this beer it hits me. Gose mimosa. It tastes like beer cocktail made with gose, orange juice and a splash of lemon and lime. The beer is noticeably tart but not quite pucker inducing sour and is balanced out well with the sweetness of the fruit. The salinity is the perfect finishing touch to the warm weather beer.