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."
Five years ago if you walked into a bar and asked for a gose 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.
Boulevard Brewing Co. brewed its Hibiscus Gose earlier this year and put it on shelves from August to October.
The Kansas City Brewing is known for its Love Child series of sours that are brewed with brettanomyces and lactobacillus and aged in oak barrels. Other than the four Love Child series beer and its Za’Tart, Boulevard doesn’t do any other sour style beers. Its particular version of gose has Hibiscus flowers added at the end of the boil giving the beer a distinct pink hue.
Real Ale turned 18 this year and teamed up with Odell Brewing to make this beer to commemorate the occasion with nothing other than a beer. The style of gose has been very popular in 2014 and many breweries have taken their shot at creating this German style brew.
Snörkel is not a bad beer by any means, it’s extremely refreshing and has some great characteristics of what a gose should be. The addition of the citrus pairs really well with the flavor profile of this beer, which helps it balance a bit. The salt and tartness from the beer are also really great, but the compared to a few top competitors on this style, such as Westbrook’s and Boulevard’s Hibiscus Gose, this beer just doesn’t live up. The body of the beer is too thin to sustain the flavors or keep you interested in it for a prolonged period of time. The price does not help either—$12 can get you a single 750ml of Snörkel or a six-pack of 12-ounce cans of the Westbrook version.
Stillwater Artisinal Ales was founded in 2010 by Brian Strumke, a former techno DJ and producer who went by the name Brian Stillwater. Strumke started out as a home brewer who won various competitions, usually in lesser known categories using beers that incorporated different herbs, spices and wild yeasts. In 2010, he released Stateside Saison, a 6.8 percent ABV saison, and so began Stillwater Artisan Ales.