From Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton Ontario comes their “Collective Project Gose”. The beer pours a light orange colour with an off white head. The aroma is of orange, lemon and other citrus fruits, coriander and salt. The flavour is of salt, lemon, orange, coriander with mild wheat malts and a mild tartness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 27. I am happy that the Gose style has come back as it is a great summer beer with lots of flavour.
Commercial Description: Our Gose is an unfiltered wheat beer made with malted wheat. This creates a unique cloudy yellow colour and provides a refreshing crispness and twang. Our Gose has a low hop bitterness and features coriander and Himalayan sea salt, adding hints of complementary dryness, spice and a touch of sharpness to the beer.
From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their latest beer in their “¡Órale! Tequila Gose” their 4th Anniversary beer aged in Tequila barrels for 9 months. The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of big tequila notes up front with wood, citrus and a tartness. The flavour is of tequila, citrus, lime, wood, tartness, salt and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 6. This one lived up to the line of Anniversary beers that Parallel 49 Brewing has released as it was very interesting and full of flavour. Cheers to an amazing 4 years Parallel 49!
Commercial Description: Building upon the traditional Gose beer from Germany, a sour and salty low-alcohol ale, this beer was then aged in Tequila barrels for 9 months. This gives a flavour profile similar to a tequila shot with agave flavour from the barrels, salt like the rim of a glass and sour like the lime that frequently accompanies tequila.
Sapporo is not a craft brewery I know but they do make some small batch beers that they only sell at the brewery in Hokkaido, Japan. Steve went to Japan recently and brought back a bottle of their “Oyster Black” a Schwarzbier to share. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a light brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke and a mild metallic note that is normal form Oyster beers. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, mild metallic, salt, earth and a semi sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. I don’t ever reach for beer from Sapporo but if you make it to Japan make sure to head to the brewery and pick up a bottle of this beer as it is very enjoyable.
From Four Winds Brewing Company in Delta BC comes their new limited “Gose w/ Salt and Coriander”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The beer has the aroma of wheat, coriander, fruit juice and a floral finish. The flavour is of wheat, coriander, salt, apple juice and some very mild hops bitterness. The salt seems to build as you drink a glass of the beer. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10. This beer was refreshing as hell and only available at the tasting room.
The Jeff O’Neil Show on 99.3 the Fox loves their beer and their bacon and from what I understand they enjoy both in the mornings on air. Recently they teamed up with Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer Brewing) out of Surrey BC to create a new limited Edition beer. The beers name is a hand full at “The Jeff O’Neil Show Red Racer Maple Bacon Breakfast Ale”. This amber ale pours a copper colour with a creamy white head. The aroma consists of big maple notes with smoke, malts and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of lots of maple, malts, sweet caramel, maybe some salt and lots of smoke. The alcohol content comes in at a normal 5%. I have heard very mixed reviews on this beer ranging from it was repulsive to it was amazing! I come in at this is a very well crafted beer with some very interesting notes. I did not taste any bacon but that is not surprising as there is no actual bacon in the brew. If you can somehow still find a bottle of this beer I recommend you pick it up and make your decision.
Commercial Description: The World Famous CFOX & Central City Brewers + Distillers present The Jeff O’Neil Show Red Racer Maple Bacon Breakfast Ale. It’s a mouthful… of deliciousness! Easy drinking amber with hints of maple and smokey bacon!