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Boulevard’s experimental pink beer hits Kansas City stores Tuesday

By Sarah Gish

Boulevard’s new Hibiscus Gose beer, a sour wheat beer that gets its pink color from hibiscus flowers, hits shelves in Kansas City starting on Tuesday.
Boulevard’s new Hibiscus Gose beer, a sour wheat beer that gets its pink color from hibiscus flowers, hits shelves in Kansas City starting on Tuesday. Boulevard Brewing Company

No, those aren’t rose-colored beer glasses. Hibiscus Gose, Boulevard’s new sour wheat beer, really is pink.

The beer, which begins distribution in Kansas City on Tuesday, gets its rosy hue from dried hibiscus flowers added during the brewing process. The recipe —which also incorporates sea salt and coriander — is modeled after a style that originated in Goslar, Germany, in the late 1800s.

Hibiscus Gose (“Gose” is pronounced Gose-uh) is the second in Boulevard’s experimental Backroads Beers series. It follows Entwined Ale, a beer brewed with grape juice.

At 4.2 percent alcohol by volume, Hibiscus Gose is pretty light, so it’s a good match for hot August weather.

Craving heavier fall beers already? Next week Boulevard releases Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest, a fall seasonal with medium body and toasted malt flavor. Both Bob’s ’47 and Hibiscus Gose should be available through October.

Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes bar and dining guides for Ink magazine. Contact her via email at sgish@kcstar.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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