The New York Times’ Eric Asimov has found his official summer beer of 2015, and it’s one locals know very well: Real Ale Brewing’s seasonal gose.
Asimov, in an article published today, starts his exploration of the ancient German beer style gose by raving about Real Ale’s sessionable summer brew. In “Gose Is a Beer That Keeps Summer Cool,” he makes it clear he just can’t get enough of it.
“I’d had gose once or twice before but had never paid careful attention,” he writes. “This time, I couldn’t help but notice the wave of refreshing pleasure as I drank the lively, citrusy, spicy, sour, saline brew. My first thought was: What a great summer beer. My second was: What a fascinating array of flavors. Third and most important: I want another.”
He notes that Real Ale’s version of the wheat beer is brewed with the addition of lime juice, “which gives it a bracing, lip-smacking quality.”
Most goses are also made with salt, which he notes “would seem the polar opposite of refreshment. It’s beer, after all, that’s been marketed to quench the powerful thirst induced by consuming salty bar snacks. But the salt in gose simply adds a lightly briny, savory edge that I find captivating.”
It’s good to know that he feels just as enthusiastic about Real Ale’s gose as I do. Last month, I included the beer in a sidebar to my story about another increasingly popular German beer style, the Berliner Weisse. With all this good sentiment about the beer, I can’t help but hope the gose becomes one of Real Ale’s mainstay brews. After all, its refreshing tartness isn’t just good for a hot summer day. I’ll have one all year round, please.