Cincinnati-based craft brewery Rhinegeist has released its first-ever canned nitrogenated craft beer, Cobbstopper, a Gose Sour Ale with Peach, Vanilla and Lactose. Inspired by their popular Peach Dodo Gose, this silky spin-off is tart and fruity, sporting touches of peach cobbler, vanilla cream and soft spice.
To nitrogenate the beer, a drop of liquid nitrogen is added to each can, which flashes into nitrogen gas shortly after the top lid is sealed. Some of this gas is absorbed into the beer, while the remainder stays in the head space, pressurizing the can, and releasing when it is cracked open.
“By using nitrogen gas instead of CO2, we are adding a creamy texture to complement the dessert notes in the beer, creating a unique drinking experience,” said Cole Hackbarth, Director of Brewery Operations at Rhinegeist. “It also gives the classic cascading head for a visual experience to match the flavor.”
Rhinegeist recommends that Cobbstopper is best enjoyed in a glass with a “hard pour.” To achieve, the can should be inverted three times before opening, then poured straight down into the glass for the quintessential nitro foam cascade.
Cobbstopper will be available in 4-packs of 16oz cans and on draft. A taproom release party was held on Friday, April 12th to celebrate the launch. Rhinegeist says to look for more nitro releases from the brewery, coming later this year.
Rhinegeist Brewery was founded in 2013. Its name translates to “Ghost of the Rhine” and refers to its location in the historic OvertheRhine Brewery District in Cincinnati, Ohio. Located in the skeleton of an old brewery built before Prohibition, Rhinegeist aims to brew beers that sing with flavor. The Rhinegeist team believes in the power of beer to bring great people together, foment fantastic ideas, and build a community that values craft beer and one another.