(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
Gold Hills Gose features lemon sourness and strong saltiness as Quartzite’s latest brew on tap…
Quartzite Brewing Company has already brought many different brews and tastes to the town of Chewelah and they’ve just come up with a new one. Brewery owners Patrick Sawyer and Jake Wilson have just unveiled the new Gold Hills Gose which according to them has a lemon sourness, an herbal characteristic and a strong saltiness.
“The gose is a light beer, traditionally made with 50 percent wheat malt, then it is slightly soured with lactobacillus bacteria and salted,” Sawyer said. “We left out the traditional coriander, but added a little hops to help balance it all out. It is brewed really similar to our other beers, but we let is sit at 100 degrees over the course of the night with a lactobacillus bacteria — a pint of yogurt in our case — to help the pH drop and tart it.” Gose (pronounced like Rosa but with a G) is one of Wilson and Sawyer’s favorite styles to drink even if it is still relatively unknown to most people.
The beer is from Goslar, Germany and the reason for the salt addition to the Gose is because of the brackish water traditionally found in the aquifer there. It was so brackish, in fact, it broke the “Reinheitsgebot” or German Beer Purity law – but since it was such a regional speciality, Germany allowed it.
“Traditionally it was ‘the workers’ beer and delivered to taverns still fermenting,” Sawyer said. “It lost a lot of traction as a style during the First World War and one of the last breweries to produce it was destroyed in World War Two.”
In fact, it was the resurgence of craft breweries that brought the Gose back, and for a while only a few brewers knew the process of how to make it.
“When Lost Falls Brewing made one last year we put it on guest tap and people seemed to get a kick out of it — so we invited them down to teach us the process so we could offer it too,” Sawyer said.
Wilson and Sawyer are hoping to keep this beer around all summer since it is a great hot day drink at 4.7 percent alcohol.
“We like to call it the recovery beer, as the salt ‘helps’ after a mountain bike ride or a hike,” Sawyer said. “However, it does take a bit longer to make than our other beers so we can’t promise it will be on all the time — but hopefully we will always have a batch on the way if we do run out.”
Quartzite Brewing Company is located at 105 W Main Ave and they are open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. KISS Gourmet is also located outside serving food to go along with some great brews!