While still technically a seasonal, Nomad’s Freshie has received such a great reception and is so readily available, it’s almost a core beer for the Brookvale brewery.
It’s a bold move packaging a gose at all but to release two together, both in cans, is another step entirely. Good on Nomad for doing it!
The beer scene in Sydney has changed a lot in the last few years and it’s testament both to Nomad and to craft beer drinkers that a beer in this style can be so well received and popular enough to warrant multiple re-releases.
Aussie Twist On a German Style
As for the beer itself, it’s a light straw colour and looks a lot like a pale lager in the glass. Through the loose-knit bubbles of the white head, the aroma hints at its salinity and has some notable black peppercorn characteristics.
This isn’t down to phenolics from the fermentation but from the addition of Tasmanian mountain pepper. The salinity, which is key to this traditional German style, comes from seawater around the Brookvale area.
Nomad Freshie is conditioned in the package, meaning the flavour evolves. If you’re not familiar with the gose style, or you’re just getting into craft beer, this might be more challenging than other beers. Salt is a major component in the flavour profile.
But don’t let that put you off. It’s well worth trying. The saltiness, and the subtle pepper, is extremely refreshing and a great thirst quencher.
The pepper in this beer is less spicy and more aromatic. It almost has a herbal quality to it. The aromas and the light tickle on the tastebuds provide a complex peppercorn flavour without the sting.
This is a fantastic summer beer but Nomad are definitely selling it as a beer perfect for any time of year, “whether chasing the sun or dreaming of sunnier times”.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Gose
Pair with: Salt and pepper prawn skewers
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