Panhead Culture Vulture Salted Gose (500ml Bottle)
After the setbacks of the 1987 stock market crash and the epic Sesqui fall of 1990, Wellington was at a low ebb. Ian Wells, renowned general manager of Wellington newspapers, had other ideas. Together with agency Saatchi & Saatchi he concocted the insanely optimistic Absolutely Positively Wellington campaign which used The Evening Post as its main launch pad. The brand was soon adopted by the city council and lives on to this day. It’s done much to make Wellington into a cultural Mecca and all-round hipster nerve centre. More importantly, you could also argue that we would never have become New Zealand’s Craft Beer Capital without it.
Sour wheat beers were common in many parts of medieval and early Industrial Europe. Two styles – lambic and Berliner weisse – survived, but many others did not. Gose and Lichtenhainer are historic styles of sour wheat beer. Grodzisk is sometimes tart, sometimes not. Gose is seasoned with salt, Grodziskie and Lichtenhainer contain smoked malt. Historical sources are mixed about Lichtenhainer containing wheat, so modern interpretations may vary. Grätzer is an alternative name for Grodziskie. All three will be relatively low alcohol, with a strong wheat character, but will be distinct from classic examples of Berliner Weisse or lambic. As all we have are historical recreations, substantial differences may exist between interpretations.