The first batch of Long Trail Ale rolled off the line in 1989. Back then the brewery, known as the Mountain Brewers, was a modest brew house tucked into the basement of the Old Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners. The goal was to brew an affordable, American-made alternative to the pricey German and English exports that filled the shelves.
Today Long Trail is a household name from coast to coast. Brewing over two dozen different beer yearly Long Trail has something for everyone! One of their newest additions to their year round line up is a Cranberry Gose, brewed with cranberries from the Bluewater Farms in Massachusetts.
The beer pours a cloudy light pink color. The thin white head dissipate almost instantly and leaves behind no real lacing to speak of. The carbonation is visible in the pour with tons of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface.
The nose offers mild notes of cranberry and lemon fruits. There is a hint of salinity as well as a non-descriptive “sour” note. Some coriander spice is also noticeable.
The palate delivers on what the nose promised. A refreshing cranberry note is discernible right away. There is a hint of citrus and a noticeable salinity as well. The coriander is less potent on the palate. There is an undeniable tartness but this beer is not as dry or sour as many others.
A great twist on a traditional Gose. This beer is further proof that Long Trail knows how to craft enjoyable and quaffable beers. Try pairing this one with Queso Fresco, shrimp and watermelon salad or lemon cranberry mousse.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5
The Anderson Valley Brewing Company was founded in 1987 in Boonville, CA. In the beginning, they brewed out of a modest 10-barrel brew-house located in the lower level of their original brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon. They quickly gained a cult following, and at the time, they were one of only 20 craft breweries in the country. Long considered one of the pioneers in the craft beer industry, in 2000 they moved to a larger facility about a mile down the road in order to keep up with the demand for their products. Nearly 30 years later Anderson Valley is still crafting amazing beers. One of their newest releases is a Gose style beer brewed with natural watermelon (and other) flavors called Briney Melon Gose.
The beer pours a hazy golden straw yellow color. The one finger dense white head dissipates rather quickly. Once diminished only a very light lacing remains on top the beer.
On the nose you’ll find aromas of watermelon and rind. You can also get a hint of salinity as well as somewhat non-descriptive funky and tart aromas. A hint of citrus backed by a bright coriander like spice completes the bouquet.
On the palate you will find a light watermelon note that is almost overshadowed by the tartness. While the beers sour nature is definitely front and center you can still find hint of watermelon and citrus fruit notes. There is a malt component that balances the beer and brings everything together. The finish is very dry.
A refreshing and different take on the style. A little more sour than salty, but the addition of the melon brings it all together. Try pairing this one with Chevre, bacon wrapped seared scallops or a light and simple watermelon and mint salad.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out Of 5 Pints
Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. They produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Their current seasonal release is a Gose, brewed with dried Hibiscus flowers.
The beer pours a somewhat hazy salmon pink color with orange hues throughout. It looks very much like a rose wine. The 2 finger fluffy white head dissipates rather quickly and leaves a light lacing a top the beer.
From first whiff you will find evidence of the tartness of the beer. Citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit are plentiful. Right on the heels of the citrus are bright coriander aromas. Floral and earthy aromas are all very noticeable.
On the palate once again the tartness is evident. The salinity of the beer almost lifts the earthy and floral notes imparted from the hibiscus. A hint of citrus is detectable but not as notable as it was in the bouquet. The coriander is also mild but adds a certain brightness and complexity.
A very refreshing spring sipper! Boulevard has created a beer that is both unique and yet true to the style. Try pairing this one with aged Dutch Gouda, Ceviche, or grilled plums with a pinch of sea salt.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints