The gose style has been all the rage the last couple of years, due in large part to the popularity of Westbrook’s Gose. The release of that beer and the amount of press it received caused a flooding of the style onto the craft beer market. The stark reality of it all is this; some people clearly have mastered the style and pump out a great product and others are clearly trying to capitalize on the “hype” that the resurrection of this once forgotten brew has created. Gose is a German-style wheat beer that was traditionally brewed with salt and coriander and was low in alcohol to offer a refreshing and thirst quenching style of beer for warm days.
Since it was founded in 2010, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Evil Twin Brewing has been known for a few different things. One of them is the fact that it is a so-called gypsy brewery: that is, the company does not have an actual physical brewery of its own, but contracts out with other breweries to produce its beers. Another fact about Evil Twin that is fairly well-known is that the founder, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, was born in Denmark and has an identical twin brother named Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, who just so happens to be the founder of Mikkeler. Finally, Evil Twin is known as a brewery that likes to take chances with the beers they produce, and so it is with the subject of today's review.
Victory Brewing is a huge operation out of Downingtown, Pa. that was founded in 1996 by Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski, who had been friends since 5th grade. Barchet left his full time job to pursue brewing by getting a job at the Baltimore Brewing Co. then afterwards he then continued his education at Technische Universität München (Weihenstephan). Perhaps best known for its hoppier beers, such as Dirtwolf, a double IPA and Hop Devil, an American IPA, Victory has an impressive list of beers it has put out in the last 19 years.
First brewed by Bloomington, Ill.-based Destihl Brewery at the end of 2013, Here Gose Nothin' is a 5.2 percent ABV "Leipzig-Style Gose" brewed with coriander and sea salt. According to the brewery, the beer "undergoes a spontaneous fermentation, similar to Belgian-style Gueuze/Lambic beers, and exhibits a complexity of acidic flavor and aroma contributed by wild yeast lactic fermentation."