Anderson Valley Highway 128 The Kimmie, The Yink, and the Holy Gose

Posted on,c_limit,q_85,d_beer_def.gif/beer_229359.jpgYes more canned goodness!

Yes it is more than a mouthful to order this one, but don’t Let the Name scare you this Gose is fantastic.

History Lesson Courtesy of Jim Koch:

What is a Gose anyway? “The style originated in Goselar, Germany in the 18th century. Gose became very popular the adjacent city of Leipzig, Germany due to a lot of local breweries brewing the style. Gose all but died out during WWII due to brewery closings. Expect this beer to have a touch of sourness, with notes of lemon & salt.  A link to the ales of Saxony that had all but vanished, Gose is a peculiar yet captivating brew. With a base of an unfiltered wheat ale, it’s vivid and refreshing yet also has a softness to it. The flavor is brought to life by an unexpected touch of salt for a mineral quality, and coriander for a peppery spice. The result is an unusual and delicate brew that’s full of flavors to discover”

Anderson Valley describes KY&THG as having: “The refreshing tartness in this divine, bright golden-colored ale gives way to earthy undertones and hints of citrus followed by a slight sea salt-like dryness and tangy, effervescent finish.”

I wasn’t picking up much salt or brininess which I expected to be getting, maybe it’s not all that goseish and more of a Berliner?  It certainly had the touch of sourness and the familiar wheat things going on that i would use to Describe a Berliner.  It matters not how you decide to label it,  KY&THG it is amazing tasty. Very light with a hint of tartness, thoroughly enjoyable and insanely quaff-able.

I could definitely see myself drinking this at a picnic, relaxing in a pool, post yard work, etc. So yes this tops out the summer beer chart as well as my other summer picks.

Though this was on the list, in the I want to try more of section, and I am glad I did. My experience with the Style was limited to Carton’s Digger which was very light, a bit weird but still accessible I thought, and Samuel Adams’ Verloren – funky, salty, thoroughly unique but not what I would call easily accessible. Admittedly I have yet to have any old world takes yet so this is based on these three examples.

Distribution still has me a tad confused. I have yet to see cans of either this or the other 128 Session Series (Pale Ale) in stores, which have plenty of other Anderson Valley stock on the shelves. Luckily though I was able to grab a pint of it at the Shepherd and the Knucklehead.

I have been hearing word cans maybe having crossed over into Southern NJ recently. So if you are around there I would definitely ask around for it. This is going to be one of my top beers of the summer if I can actually get it in cans.

Honestly I could be alternating with the also canned, yet still hard to find: Monkey Chased the Weasel by Carton Brewing and be set. I know, I know, I am a Hop-heads worst nightmare.. Feel free to sub in Oh Dub, Boat, or All Day IPA, if you are so inclined you get the point.

Regardless of what is in them though: Cans for the Win!



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