Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 8: Rose & Hibiscus Gose

Bad Shepherd

Published April 5, 2019

As they close in on double figured in their Brew Crew Series, Bad Shepherd passed the baton to barman Ben, the "Beer Nerd", who set about conceiving a beer that tied together the places he's called home. That saw him combine rose – a nose to the flower emblem of his home county of North Yorkshire, hibiscus – a nod to the Hibiscus Coast of New Zealand, and seawater from Melbourne's Bayside.

They were put to work in a gose that's as red as you could wish for and comes with a creamy yet gently sour lacto element to the aroma. That's quickly subsumed by the rose, however, as memories of Turkish delight flood the brain with every sniff. The salt adds a little flavour and some texture too, while there's a gentle acidity and floral touches from the hibiscus there too. But they're bit part players, with this a beer that is pretty much Turkish delight in liquid form, albeit finishing dry rather than sweet.

James Smith

Bad Shepherd

386 Reserve Road
VIC 3192

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