Beer(s) of the Week: Holy Gose(s)

We all get into beer ruts. I could guzzle down some Smuttynose Old Dog Brown Ale for months without trying a different beer. Well, maybe for a couple of weeks. There are a couple of issues in trying new beers. It can be expensive and we’re all afraid of being burned on a sixer.

When I first heard of the Gose (pronounced Gozuh, like in Ghostbusters), I had no idea what the style was. According to Beer Advocate, it’s “an unfiltered wheat beer made with 50-60% malted wheat, which creates a cloudy yellow color and provides a refreshing crispness and twang.” In my experience, remove the “w” from that last word. It’s the beer equivalent of Tang. What, don’t remember the official drink of the space program? Yes, we used to have a space program. Never mind.

I have three types of Gose to discuss today. The first is the namesake of this column and the rare beer that I tracked down thanks to Twitter. Yes, you can stalk your favorite beer seller on the popular social network. There’s a store in town that advertised the Victory Kirsch Gose. I know certain co-hosts of mine refer to my girly taste in beer, but I have a weakness for a little fruit in my booze.

Last weekend, I had friends putting salt in their beer and I wondered what that was all about. It boosts the carbonation and adds a little tang on the back end. The Gose has that built in. All of the beers have that saltiness and they make you feel a little more dehydrated than most beers. Hey, I hear salt can do that.

This beer pours pink. It’s my first pink beer. There’s not much head to it and you can’t get much of a scent from the top. The sour taste goes well with that tangy, salty finish. Hey, if “salted caramel” is the flavor du ice cream of the moment, bring it to my beer.

It’s a seasonal beer, so you might be following your local beer sellers on Twitter as well.

Anderson Valley Gose

Gose-r the gosarian, quality beer

Two other Goses I tried were from Anderson Valley, a California brewery that does a nice winter ale. Let’s sip some “The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose” for starters. Because this means nothing to me but might tickle the beer geek, here’s a bit from the site: “Before boiling, the wort is kettle soured with lactobacillus, imparting an initial refreshing tartness that gives way to a subtle fullness.” It’s better than that Activia crap. I can taste the lemon zest, but only after the site told me. I think I prefer their Blood Orange Gose. It gives me those citrus notes that help Sharona make fun of me on a weekly basis.

Note that this is a low-booze style, in the 4 to 5%, which means you can drink more.

The latter two beers come in cans, and might assist in my finding some good beach beers that don’t come in bottles.

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