Before a few weeks ago I had never heard of this style of beer. Then it started popping up everywhere. I have already tried three! If this is a new beer trend, I am totally digging it.
Gose is a sour beer that was first made in Germany in the 1600's. It uses lactobacillus in fermentation, just like yogurt and kimchee! Sour over bitter any day.
Sierra Nevada's Otra Vez was the first gose beer I tried. It's like a tart lemonade with a little cactus flavor added in. It seems like it would perfect to drink on a hot summer day. I liked it so much that I knew I had to try more beer in this style.
I tried this Chicago brewery's version next. It was least favorite so far, but still tasty. It is very mild and a little sweet, but still has that lemony flavor. There was a hint of moldiness to it, which I really don't like in a beer, so that is why I was not totally into this one.
I have a bad habit of tearing the labels off the beer, but I thought it was interesting to note that this label is silver on the inside. I'm guessing that it is for insulation, which is pretty cool.
Anderson Valley's Blood Orange Gose was my absolute favorite. It might even be my new favorite beer. It tastes like the outer coating of a sour Warhead candy. It wouldn't be very good to drink with a meal, but on its own it absolutely delicious. I really hope this beer will stick around and not disappear like some of my other favorites.