INTERNATIONAL HAPPY GOSE DAY
Every year on November 17th beer lovers gather together to celebrate International Happy Gose Day. Instead of rhyming with rose, Gose (ɡōzə) rhymes with Rosa.
Gose is a fermented sour wheat beer that originated during the sixteenth century in Goslar, located in Northern Germany. In later years, Gose became more associated with the city of Leipzig. The beer became so popular that it gained exemption for the country’s purity law called Reinheitsgebot. This law stated that German beer could only contain water, barley, yeast, and hops. But Gose is also made with malted wheat and coriander. Salty water from the Goslar River was also used, giving the drink a unique salty and tart taste.
The beer was made until WWII. After the war, Gose disappeared for a while but made a comeback in 1949. Friedrich Wurzler Brauerei is credited for saving Gose and he continued to brew the sour beer until he passed away. He then passed on his Gose-making abilities to his stepson, Guido Pfnister. He continued brewing the beer until the 1960s but only a few pubs sold the fermented beer. Pfnister died in 1966. Gose would not come back into existence until 1986. Today, there are still 400 makers of Gose with a handful of them in the United States.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalHappyGoseDay
Today is a day for Gose lovers to unite. If you know of a brewery or pub that serves Gose, today is the perfect day to gather your friends and go out for a drink. While you’re drinking it though, you’re not allowed to say, “Cheers.” Instead say, “Goseanna!” If you brew your own beer at home, you can use this recipe to make your best Gose.
If you can’t find Gose, it’s a great day to try a new kind of brew. You may want to try one of these popular German beers:
Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier
Aecht Schlenkeria Rauchbier
Whatever kind of beer you choose to drink on this day, be sure to share on social media with #lHappyGoseDay.
INTERNATIONAL HAPPY GOSE DAY HISTORY
International Happy Gose Day originated in Leipzig, which is referred to by some as The City of Gose. The first International Happy Gose Day was held on November 17th, 2016 by the Leipzieger Bierfreunder.