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DTWE: Keep your cool with Berliner Weisses and goses

Friday, June 16th, 2017



The heat and humidity have kicked into high gear in The Lou. I’ll take hot weather over snow any day, but I know how to keep cool in these extreme conditions. Rather than sitting in a stagnant, air-conditioned room, I find pleasure imbibing crisp, refreshing, low-ABV beers to stay cool.

Two of my favorite styles to enjoy in hot weather have their roots in Germany: Berliner Weiss and gose (pronounced GOHZ’-uh). Fortunately, the American beer scene is seeing an influx of these approachable, soured wheat beers alongside the increasing demand for sour beer.

Well done Berliners and goses tend to have beautiful, balanced acidity that plays well with the billowy nature of the heavy wheat malt bill, creating an exquisite, crushable, thirst-quenching beverage. Goses are brewed with salt to increase satiability and texture and to add another dimension of sensory depth. Often, vibrant lemony citrus and herbal notes drive flavor.

If you want to try an assortment of German-style sour wheat beers this Saturday, head to Main & Mill Brewing Co. for its Summer StreetFest featuring a 5k, 12 bands and a plethora of new beer releases including eight fruited Berliners and goses.

Main & Mill has absolutely nailed its green chile ale, so I am sure the tropical chile gose with mango, papaya and green chiles is going will be almost juicy and margarita-like. I also can’t wait to try the Sangria Berliner stacked with strawberry, lime, orange and cherry. It sounds like a perfect way to beat the heat this weekend.

Katie Herrera is account manager at Craft Republic. 

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Drink This Weekend Edition: 4 Hands’ Ruby Red Prussia

Friday, August 16th, 2013



More and more Berliner Weisse-style beers are taking hold of our city. You’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the country with more breweries accepting the challenge of brewing this unique style. A low-alcohol wheat ale, Berliner Weiss is perfect for a hot summer day. With a rapidly vanishing head and effervescent mouth feel, this beer is refreshing, tart, sour and acidic, with lemony-citric fruit sharpness and almost no hop bitterness.

On the heels of the success of its Prussia, a traditional Berliner Weisse, 4 Hands Brewing Co. now brings us Ruby Red Prussia. After a 24-hour sour mash, 175 fresh, ruby red grapefruits were squeezed and zested into the beer during fermentation. The grapefruit gives the beer a slight pink hue and comes out alongside the lemony citrus in the aroma. At 3.5 ABV, it goes down easy and can quench your summer thirst.

You may have noticed that 4 Hands puts food recommendations on the sides of their bottles. In this case, they pair Ruby Red Prussia with ceviche and scallops. I’d also recommend a salad with a white balsamic vinaigrette. You’ll find the acid in the vinegar works wonders with the tartness of the beer.

Ruby Red Grapefruit is available at the 4 Hands Brewery tasting room, in bottles and on draft. Bottles will be widely available at fine liquor stores and groceries, while draft is available at some bars throughout the metro area. As summer comes to a close, it’s the perfect time for this delicious beer.

Eric Hildebrandt is the moderator and ambassador for STL Hops. Find him on Twitter at @EricSTL6.

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