The best beer you’re only just starting to hear about, Gose (pronounced gose-uh), is quickly becoming one of the most popular styles of sour beer. An especially refreshing brew during the hot summer months, this classic beer is finally starting to get the attention it deserves.
What is Gose?
Gose is a German-style sour beer made from classic ingredients like wheat and barley, along with the unique addition of coriander and salt. It has a very tart, fresh, and slightly salty flavour; which is why it’s such a great beer to sip on a hot day. Its sourness comes from the use of lactobacillus, the same bacteria that makes yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut. It’s often brewed with fresh fruit to compliment the sour and salty flavour in the beer. For example, we brew a Cucumber-Lime Gose to highlight the fresh citrusy zest! Like other sour beers, Gose usually has a lower alcohol point, so it’s a spectacularly sessionable brew and won’t make you feel sluggish on a hot afternoon.
Where did Gose come from?
Gose gets its cool name from its town of origin, Goslar, which is located in the Lower Saxony region of Germany. Originally, the saltiness in the beer was from the water used in the brewing process, which was sourced from local aquafers.
The popularity of Gose has ebbed and flowed over the years, and knowledge of its recipe was almost lost due to the closure of the very few breweries who were making it, and external factors AKA wars. In the 1980’s Gose began to hit the international market, but only recently has it become more popular among North American mainstream beer drinkers and beer aficionados alike.
What food should I pair it with? AKA: What goes with Gose?
Truthfully, the magic of Gose is that it goes with almost everything, especially when it comes to food around the summer season! Think about what you would spritz lemon or lime juice on, and pair accordingly. Think spicy tacos, grilled fish or a fresh summer salad. Don’t be intimidated by all the possible pairings – try things out!
Nickel Brook Gose
We currently brew two types of Gose:
Cucumber & Lime Gose:
Originally named “Ceres”, this Gose has been brewed with cucumber and lime to beautifully compliment its tang and salt. A mouth-watering beer, a bottle of this is perfect for sipping on the porch. Available now at select Beer Stores in Ontario.
Having really hit its stride in Canada, Gose is not a beer you need be scared of or confused by. It’s simply plain tasty! Expect this tart and floral brew to become your new favourite. Broaden your beer horizons and pick a bottle or can up at our Bottle Shop, through our Online Store, or wherever else you get your Nickel Brook brews.