Ever since I started brewing, I’ve always been interested in researching, exploring and brewing new beer styles. That’s a huge allure to craft brewing for me – not being locked into brewing, or drinking, only a couple different styles of beer. It’s fun to explore the different flavors and how they are derived & introduced to the beer. They can come from different malts, new hops, yeast & the extent of all the different natural flavor additions (i.e. cocoa nibs, fruit, coconut, etc.).
I’m currently focusing my reading and research on Gose (pronounced “Goes-uh”)! It is a German style of beer first brewed in the German town of Goslar as far back as the 1200s. Some research even traces it back to the 900’s when Goslar was founded. Either way, it’s a style that has been around for a long time with a lot of history behind it. Fun fact! In its early years, the brewers would bottle the Gose partway through fermentation and intentionally leave the top of the bottle open. This remaining fermentation created a natural ‘cap’ of sorts by plugging up the neck of the bottle with dried yeast.
Gose is a light refreshing brew with subtle sourness, salt and coriander. The malt bill is traditionally 50% pilsner malt & 50% wheat malt with minimal hops. The style also works well with different fruit additions. We recently introduced our first ever Gose a couple of months back – our “Women on the Rise” Blackberry Lime Gose in honor of the Pink Boots Society and International Women’s Day. We’re super excited that everyone seemed to really enjoy it, and we’re even still getting Ignite fans to ask when it will be back on draft. We have a few things up our sleeves…and you can definitely expect to see a Gose pop up on Ignite’s beer list sometime this summer!
In the meantime, we have some other fun things to be on the lookout for over the summer, namely…
- Our first barrel-aged beer release
- A new fruity blonde ale
- A special batch that will make you extra jolly in July!
- The return of our Russian Imperial Stout
- And the return of some of our seasonal favorites – Ignite Liberty, Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Ale, and more!