Anderson Valley Brewing Company The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose, a 4.2% ABV Gose
|Appearance||Bright, golden color with a creamy head.|
|Aroma||Lemon zest, earthy, tart.|
|Taste||Tropical fruits like guava and peach, then slightly salty, finishes sour, lemony.|
|Mouthfeel||Dry, effervescent, and tangy.|
|Overall||Delicious. Canned beer has certainly been redefined.|
Anderson Valley Brewing Company was founded by Kenneth Allen in 1987, originally brewing on a 10-barrel system in the lower level of The Buckhorn Saloon. In 1996 the brewery moved to the current 30-barrel facility a mile from the center of Boonville, California. In 1998, a 12 ounce bottling line was added and production increased to 15,000 barrels, doubling the amount brewed in 1997.
Expanding even further, their three-story Bavarian-style brewhouse opened in August 2000. The new facility houses 100- and 85-barrel copper brew kettles from defunct breweries in Germany, rescued in 1995.
Brewing industry veteran Trey White bought the brewery from Ken Allen in April 2010, and in September of that same year former general manager Fal Allen became brewmaster. Fal introduced the Bahl Hornin’ Series, expanded the barrel aged program, and increased brewing capacity.
The Gose style (pronounced “Go-zuh”) originates from Goslar, Germany in the early 1500s. Traditionally it was brewed using salted water and 50% malted wheat and spiced with coriander and hops. The tartness, similar to a Berliner Weisse, is from the lactic bacteria used along with traditional yeast during fermentation. Around 1700, the style became popular in Leipzig, Germany.
Anderson Valley used both traditional and non-traditional methods when brewing this Gose. The beer is brewed with Pale Two-Row and Cara-Crystal Wheat malts, Bravo hops, and coriander. The wort is kettle soured with lactobacillus prior to boiling, contributing to the refreshing tartness. Salt is added post-fermentation.
The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose is the second in a line of new beers part of the Highway 128 Session Series. The sessionable line of beers range from 4.0 to 4.5% ABV and are intended to compliment the season during which they are released. The first beer in the series was Keebarlin’ Pale Ale, a 4.2% ABV ale loaded with hop flavor and aroma.
So what’s the deal with the name? While doing research, I came across this information from an article by Jay R. Brooks in the San Jose Mercury News:
Using Charles C. Adams’ 1971 dictionary, “Boontling: an American Lingo,” I discovered that a “kimmie” is a man and a “yink” is a young man. Allen confirmed my guess that the name is a play on the Christian trinity: the father, the son and the holy ghost.
You can read the rest of the article here.
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