My favorite of many reasons to smile about having Bier Station just down the street is the opportunity to try beers I wouldn’t otherwise get to sample. (Other reasons include meeting nice people at the bar, great pretzels, a smart bottle selection, smart staff, and so on.) So, last night, we wandered down the street for charcuterie, a pretzel, and some beer exploration.
While sitting at the bar, chatting with a new friendly face, I noticed a new tap arriving. It turned out to be a Gose – a style of beer I have only tried twice, and brewed (poorly) once. I count myself lucky; I could follow up my outstanding oak-smoked doppelbock with another German rarity – a sour, salty wheat beer flavored with coriander served right here in my own neighborhood. You can read a good summary of the style and the history behind it here.
To be honest, it’s not something that is going to chase IPA or Porter from the heart of the craft brew universe. In fact, it’s not even something I would drink very often. I had one last night and moved on to a fine Stout, and then a sample of Mother’s Spring Saison, and then a sample of Mother’s Spring Saison with kumquat out of a firkin, and then a sample of Mother’s Spring Saison out of a table top randall with mango and sorachi ace hops.
It’s a big beer world out there. You can see a good part of it at a good bar. I’m glad I got to explore a bit last night.