If you are looking for a beer with a local story behind it, boy, does Anderson Valley Brewing Co. has you covered.
The Anderson Valley1 has its own unique linguistic variation of the English language called Boontling, which is made up of terms invented by the women and children workers in fields around the turn of the century. So, in Bootling, the kimmie means a man (or father), the yink means boy (or son) and the holy gose is a play on the holy ghost. In other words, the name of the beer in Bootling translates to The Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost.
In May of 2014, released the 4.2 percent ABV gose with the somewhat unique name of the Kimmie, the Yink and the Holy Gose in 12-ounce cans.
The beer is brewed with pale two-row and malted white wheat malts along with bravo hops, and Andy Hooper, director of brewing operations, decried the brewing process thusly:
Gose is a challenge to make. Traditionally, this beer was made by allowing yeast and bacteria to ferment wort at the same time. It was packaged unfiltered and still contained loads of yeast and bacteria. Putting Lactobacillus bacteria into our cellar equipment and packaging lines would be a potentially huge problem and might contaminate other non-sour beers. To solve this problem, the lactobacillus is added in the brewhouse – specifically in the kettle. The bacteria are allowed to sour the wort and create the acidity needed for the tart flavor and funky aromas. After the bacteria do their job, the wort is boiled and sterilized. Now that all the bacteria are dead and gone, it’s safe for us to ferment, filter, and package the beer in the cellar without the risk of contaminating other beers. After fermentation is complete, a small amount of sea salt is added to enhance the body and soften the edge of the sourness.
The gose2 was the second of what now includes three releases in the brewery’s Highway 128 Session Beers series, which is intended to include beers between four and 4.5 percent ABV that are “fun and challenging to brew, but very easy to drink,” according to Hooper. Along with The Kimmie,The Yink and The Holy Gose, the Highway 128 Session Beers series also includes Keebarlin’ 3 Pale Ale (4.2 percent ABV) that was released in February 2014 and Blood Orange Gose (4.2 percent ABV) that was released in August of 2014.
The Kimmie, The Yink and The Holy Gose pours a slightly hazy, golden amber color with a respectable one finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving a razor thin lacing around the edge. Aroma from the glass is oranges, tart lemons, woody earth, with a bit of green apples thrown in.
Profile-wise, the Anderson Valley gose starts out with lemon zest, wheat, coriander, sour apples and a bit of salt. Both the coriander and salt are more noticeable on the finish than on the palate, and even then are not as strong as I would like. The carbonation is quite effervescent, almost champagne-esqe and there is also a slight sweetness on the finish that I pick up every once in a while.