Roak covers the holidays with cranberry gose, french toast stout

Tom Gromak
The Detroit News

Roak Brewing’s got two new beers coming out, and they couldn’t be more different. But both – a French toast stout and a cranberry gose – are on tap this weekend at the Michigan Brewers Guild’s Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market.

Charles Osberger, southeast territory sales manager for Roak Brewing, hands a festival-goer a glass of Little Saint Nick, the brewer's holiday seasonal Cranberry gose.

French Toast Devil Dog is an oatmal stout that starts out Devil Dog, a stalwart stout from the Royal Oak brewery. But with maple syrup. And some cinnamon. And some vanilla. And some bourbon barrel aging. The result is exactly what it sets out to be. The only thing missing is the actual toast.

But what gets Roak CEO John Leone excited is Little Saint Nick, the brewery’s other seasonal, a cranberry gose. Gose beers are characterized by a sour tartness, usually a fruit flavor, and a saltiness. They’re based on an old European style.

“We wanted to do something for the holidays, and we’ve had some success with kettle sours,  and we said ‘what’s better for the holidays than cranberries?’,” Leone said.  “So we decided we were going to make a cranberry gose.” It took five tries, but he thinks they got it right.

Little Saint Nick achieves, with a puckering sweet cranberry flavor – we could use a slice of turkey to go with it -- and a hint of salt in the finish. Exactly how Leone likes it. Too much salt, he said, and his tongue burns.

Santa's driving a hotrod sleigh in the intricate design on the cans of Little Saint Nick, by Roak Brewing, of Royal Oak,

Both beers are coming out now, just in time for fall and the holiday season, in packs of cans wherever craft beer is sold.

Learn more from Leone in the attached video. And try both this weekend at the Road stand in Eastern Market’s Shed 2, running through Saturday evening at Detroit’s Eastern Market.