Pink Boots Society Presents Big Boots Gose

Scheduled for Apr 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Robinson in Special Events

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By Bob Batz Jr. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tonight, the Pink Boots Society of Western Pennsylvania releases a special beer that members brewed earlier this month.

The brew — a lime gose — will go on sale from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Homestead. Profits will be used to fund the scholarship program of the national society, which aims to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers through education.

About 15 local women joined Rock Bottom head brewer Meg Evans on March 5 for “Big Boots Brew Day” at the brewery and all helped make this beer. It was the weekend before International Women’s Day, when similar groups in other cities gathered for Pink Boots collaboration brews.

Ms. Evans explained that a gose — pronounced GOSE-uh — is an ale style that originated in Goslar, Germany, and is made with half malted wheat to have a characteristic tartness and lightness. This one was “kettle soured” by adding lactobacillus during brewing and also soaked with some limes.

She reported yesterday that “it seriously has some classic lime margarita flavors going on. I’m talking mild salinity (think salty rim) and the classic lime taste.”

You can try it with some chili, as Rock Bottom also is hosting a chili cook-off, pitting six teams from within the restaurant. You can taste them all for a $5 donation that will go to the Pink Boots Society.

If you miss tonight’s event, the gose also will be poured Monday at the Independent Brewing Co. in Squirrel Hill, April 7 at Smallman Galley in the Strip District, April 12 at Piper’s Pub on the South Side and April 19 — during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week — at Bocktown Beer & Grill in North Fayette and near Monaca.

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