I Ain't Afraid of No Gose

- by Bill Craver

“This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions… human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together – Mass Hysteria!”

  • – Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters


When the amount of psychokinetic energy in New York City, as normally represented by a metaphorical Twinkie, swelled to something 35 feet long and weighing approximately 600 pounds, there was legitimate cause for concern. When Legion’s Brew Staff decided to experiment with a dark gose, we were reasonably certain that there was nothing to fear…

Arriving onto the scene: ‘I Ain’t Afraid of No Gose’ (Dark Gose, 2% ABV. 15 IBUs). Do not be deceived – this low-gravity beer packs an otherworldly punch of flavor. For starters, expect a pleasing aroma from the combination of Hawaiian Black Lava sea salt and freshly ground coriander. As for liquid refreshment, one can expect a refreshing beverage, punctuated with bright flavors and a balanced dose of salt-fueled acidity.

‘I Ain’t Afraid of No Gose’ represents a very unique twist on a traditional Gose, as distinguished by its light brown color, malt character, and low ABV characteristics. Our brewers began with a combination of specialty malts, including Midnight Wheat, Epiphany Chocolate and Epiphany Aromatic malts. To attain the desirable pH level, we kettle-soured this brew with Riverbend Pilsner malt, a natural source of lactobacillus.

“The Hawaiian sea salt adds a lot of complexity to this beer. It reminds me of the salt air that I smell and taste on the leading edge of an ocean breeze,” notes Associate Brewer, James Rutledge, somewhat introspectively. “Most breweries that offer this style either present a traditional gose or a black gose. With the release of ‘I Ain’t Afraid of No Gose,’ we’ve managed to fill the space in between.”

For certain, Halloween is just around the corner. It’s that time of year when we prepare ourselves for the annual parade of spooks, goblins and ghosts – some of which are, no doubt, more fear-inducing than others. As far as being afraid to try a sample of this creative take on an already-unique beer style, we are certain that lots of our customers will stroll up to the bar, confidently stating, “I Ain’t Afraid of No Gose!”