We once wanted to brew the ultimate summer beer: reminiscent of sun, the beach and the fresh saltiness of the North Sea.
What came to mind was a ‘Gose’, a once popular beer that has fallen into obscurity. Originating from a German town called Goslar – hence the name – it became popular in Leipzig at the end of the 19th century. The water from this area was used in brewing and was known for being slightly salty. Brewing a ‘Gose’ was always on our bucket list given its funky character. This brew is refreshing, funky and has a quirky character.
Swingers is proud to be the first ‘Dutch Gose’ on the market. It has a distinctive style… not only salty, but with sour hints too. While it’s low in alcohol (4% ABV), it’s full of flavor. It is extremely fresh and fruity given the grapefruit peel, lime peel and the Citra hops we add.
The concept for this beer stemmed from our desire for the perfect beach beer. Since we wanted to add saltiness to a light beer, a Gose-style beer was an obvious choice.
Gose-style beer is named after a river that flows through the town of Goslar in Lower Saxony (Germany) and was popular in Leipzig at the end of the 19th century. The local water was used in the brew and was salty, mostly likely due to high quantities of dissolved minerals. During that period, Goslar was an important copper, lead, zinc, salt and silver mining town.
Traditionally a Gose is a pale, sour wheat beer similar to a Berliner Weisse. With Swingers, we brew a beer similar to a Berliner Weisse using pilsner, wheat and oat malts. After filtration and sparging, the wort is soured in the kettle with lactobacillus until it reaches the right level of sourness. Then the wort is boiled and salt and citrusy hops are added. We use an English Ale yeast strain to ferment the wort.
Although coriander is traditionally used in a Gose, we wanted to try to brew one without this particular spice (especially since coriander isn’t exactly our favorite). Since research shows that coriander’s aroma compounds are transformed to citronellol during fermentation, we wanted to mimic the aroma of citronellol using hops and citrus peels. After fermentation we add different hop varieties together with lime and grapefruit peels to give this beer a real fruity flavor.
Malts | Pilsner Malt, Wheat Malt, Oat Malt.
Hops | Each batch varies
Yeasts | English Ale Yeast
Spicing | Sea salt, Grapefruit peel, Lime peel