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David brewed this light, tart and refreshing kettle sour with sea salt and coriander. It features a refreshingly zesty and salty aroma and flavor. Let’s learn a bit more about the origins behind Rochester Gose.

The History and Evolution of Gose Beer

Beer enthusiasts around the world have grown to love the unique and refreshing taste of Gose. Originating in the early 16th century in the town of Goslar, Germany, Gose has endured centuries of change and adaptation. Let’s delve into the rich history and the exciting evolution of this intriguing beer style.

Origins in Goslar

The roots of Gose can be traced back to the town of Goslar, nestled in the Harz Mountains of northern Germany. The town’s rich mineral water contained elevated levels of salt and other minerals. Brewers of that time discovered that this naturally occurring water imparted a distinct taste to their brews, and Gose was born.

Early Gose beers contained a combination of malted wheat and barley, coriander, and salt. These ingredients played a crucial role in defining the style’s character. The saltiness was an unusual touch for the time, setting Gose apart from other regional brews.

Migrating to Leipzig

By the 18th century, Gose had found a new home in the city of Leipzig, becoming increasingly popular among locals and travelers alike. Brewers in Leipzig tweaked the original recipe, reducing the use of coriander and embracing lactic fermentation to create a sour and slightly tart flavor profile. This tartness, coupled with the salty notes, became the hallmark of the evolving Gose style.

Challenges and Near Extinction

Despite its popularity in Leipzig, Gose faced numerous challenges throughout its existence. Economic upheavals, changing tastes and two world wars nearly led to its extinction. By the mid-20th century, only a few breweries in Leipzig were keeping the Gose tradition alive, and the future seemed uncertain.

Revival and Global Adoption

Fortunately, the late 20th century witnessed a revival of interest in traditional beer styles, and craft brewers revived its popularity. Beer enthusiasts sought out distinctive and historic styles. Gose fit the bill perfectly. American craft brewers, in particular, played a significant role in popularizing the style outside of Germany.

Modern Evolution

As Gose’s popularity spread to different parts of the world, brewers began experimenting with the traditional recipe. They introdued various fruits, herbs and spices to add new dimensions to the style. Fruits like raspberry, mango and passion fruit, as well as ingredients like hibiscus and basil, were incorporated to create a myriad of flavorful variations.

Gose’s journey from the salt mines of Goslar to the taps of craft breweries worldwide is a testament to the enduring appeal of this historic beer style. Its evolution from a regional specialty to a global sensation showcases how a little creativity and innovation can breathe new life into ancient traditions. So, when you enjoy a cold, tart and slightly salty Rochester Gose, take a moment to appreciate the centuries of history and craftsmanship that went into that refreshing glass of beer. Prost!

Rochester's Head Brewer David BulcockAuthored by Rochester’s Head Brewer David Bulcock.

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