Goose Island Brewery
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
Goose Island Brewery is a brewery located in Chicago, Illinois, that began as a single brewpub known as Clybourn, which was opened in May 1988 by John Hall in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. The larger brewery (as we know it today) was opened in 1995, while the second brewpub, Wrigleyville, was opened in 1999. On March 28, 2011, Goose Island announced that it will sell its 58% stake in Fulton Street Brewery LLC (the legal name of Goose Island Brewing) to distribution partner Anheuser-Busch. The remaining 42% stake, owned by Craft Brewers Alliance LLC, is also to be purchased by Anheuser-Busch.
Goose Island produces several year-round and seasonal styles of craft beer, the best-known of which are 312 Urban Wheat Ale and Honker's Ale. Goose Island also offers Root Beer and various sodas including Orange Cream and Grape soda. The beers are distributed across the United States and the United Kingdom, after a large stake of the company was sold to Widmer Brothers Brewery in 2006, and the brewery was able to expand into different markets. The brewer began distributing Matilda west of the Rockies in March 2010.  Goose Island outsources the production of some of its beers. Honker's Ale and IPA sold on the east coast is now brewed under contract in New Hampshire.
In November 2008, Goose Island made news when its small batch of Bourbon County Stout became available for the first time in Western states. That Russian Imperial Stout is cask-conditioned in oak Bourbon barrels, which may include Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single barrel bourbon, the "oldest Single Barrel Bourbon in the world at 18 years . . ." which loses nearly 2/3 of the Bourbon barrels contents into Angel's share. See Brewing methods and Mash ingredient. Another source states that they are "25-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels."
Greg Hall will step down as brewmaster with the AB InBev purchase.
Goose Island has two brewpubs which both serve brunch, lunch, and dinner. The Clybourn location has specialty food items, such as duck, rabbit, and truffle aioli served with French fries. They serve anything from a burger and fries to homemade sausages and PEI Mussels. The Wrigleyville location serves mostly pub food like burgers and chicken. The brewpubs are supplied by local farmers who raise natural meats; many of the animals are fed the same wheat and grain that was previously used to make the beer, as one sign reads "Beer Fed Pork Served Here."
The Goose Island brewpubs were not a part of the sale of Goose Island Beer Company to Anheuser Busch.
The brewery conducts tours at the Clybourn Brewpub:
Saturday- 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm
Sunday- 1pm and 2:30pm
Tours are also available by special arrangement. These are popular and reservations are recommended.
|312 Urban Wheat Ale||Wheat ale||4.2||20|
|India Pale Ale||India Pale Ale||5.9||55|
|Nut Brown Ale||Brown ale||5.3||25|
|Oatmeal Stout||Oatmeal stout||5.1||30||Retired|
|Pere Jacques||Belgian strong ale||8.0||26|
|Mild Winter||Mild ale||5.6||28||Seasonal—available November–December|
|Harvest Ale||Extra special bitter||5.7||35||Seasonal—available August–November|
|Christmas Ale||Old ale||7.3||varies||Seasonal—available November and December|
|Rare Bourbon County Stout||Imperial stout||13||60||Retired (Released again in 2012)|
|Imperial IPA||Imperial India Pale Ale||9||85||Retired|
|Night Stalker Stout||Imperial Stout||11.7||60||Retired (Released again in 2012)|
|Imperial Brown Goose||American strong ale||7.2||55||Retired|
|Red Felt||Amber ale||6.0||55||Brewpub Only|
|Demolition||Belgian strong ale||7.2||45||Retired|
|Naughty Goose||Brown ale||5.4||35||Brewpub Only|
|Juliet||Sour ale||6.7||15||Available once a year|
One-time and very limited release
These are only some of beers that have been brewed at the Clybourn microbrewery. Every Thursday the brewpub premieres a new beer to be served exclusively at their pub or at the Wrigleyville brewpub.
Willie's Small Beer, Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Fulton & Wood, Honest Stout, Willow Street White Ale, John the Younger, Lake-Effect Lager, La Deuxieme, Demolition 1800, Dead Goat Porter, Lincoln Park Lager, English Malt Porter, Hefeweizen, Old Aberration Barley Wine, Pilgrim Pale Ale, Doppelbock, Maduro, Russian Imperial Stout, Rotweizen, Dublin Stout, Rye Pale Ale (Rye.P.A) Special Pale Ale (S.P.A.), Extremely Naughty Goose, Golden Goose Pilsner, Dublin Stout, Smoked Bock, 21st Amendment Ale, Maibock, Wheatmiser, PMD Mild Ale, Celebration Red, Six, Saison, XXX Porter, Schwarzbier, S.O.B, Pivo, Oktoberfest, Midway IPA, Early Spring Brew, Bracket Buster IPA, Coffees and Cream, Chocolate Milk Stout, Standard Ordinary Bitter (S.O.B), Citrus, Dominique, Green Line Pale Ale and Midwest Coast Wheat.
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Great American Beer Festival
- 2011 Bronze medal, French and Belgian-Style Saison category (Sofie)
- 2011 Bronze medal, Extra Special Bitter category (Harvest Ale)
- 2010 Gold medal, English Summer Ale category (312)
- 2010 Bronze medal, Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Stout category (Bourbon County Brand Stout)
- 2009 Silver medal, Belgian and French-style Ale category (Demolition)
- 2009 Silver medal, English-style Pale Ale category (Goose Island IPA)
- 2009 Silver medal, Wood and Barrel Aged category (Red Woody)
- 2008 Bronze medal, English-style Summer Ale category (312 Urban Wheat)
- 2007 Bronze medal, American-style Wheat Wine Ale category (Wheatmiser)
- 2007 Silver medal, English-style Pale Ale category (Goose Island IPA)
- 2007 Gold medal, English-style Summer Ale category (312 Urban Wheat)
- 2007 Gold medal, Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer category (Bourbon Wheatmiser)
- 2006 Gold medal, English-style Summer Ale category (312 Urban Wheat)
- 2005 Gold medal, Great American Beer Festival, Belgian and French-style Ale category (Matilda)
- 2004 Silver medal, English-style Pale Ale category (Goose Island IPA)
- 2004 Bronze medal, German-style Schwarzbier category (Goose Island Schwartzbier)
- 2003 Gold medal, American-style Brown Ale category (Naughty Goose)
- 2002 Gold medal, Golden or Blonde Ale category (Goose Island Summertime)
- 2002 Silver medal, German-style Pilsner category (Goose Island Pils)
- 2001 Bronze medal, English-style Pilsner category (IPA)
- 2000 Gold medal, English-style IPA category (Goose Island IPA)
- 1999 Gold medal, Golden/Canadian Ale category (Blonde Ale)
- 1998 Silver medal, Bohemian-style Pilsner category (Baderbrau Pilsner)
- 1997 Gold medal, English-style Bitter category (Honkers Ale)
- 1995 Honorable Mention, Strong Ale category (Bourbon County Stout)
- 1992 Bronze medal, Sweet Stout category (Oatmeal Stout)
- 1992 Gold medal, English Brown Ale category (PMD Mild Ale)
- 1989 Silver medal, Wheat Beers category (Chicago Vice Weizen)
World Beer Cup
- 2010 Gold medal, English Style India Pale Ale category (India Pale Ale)
- 2010 Gold medal, American Brown Ale category (Nut Brown Ale)
- 2010 Silver medal, Fruit Beer or Field Beer category (Lolita)
- 2010 Bronze medal, American Brown Ale category (Christmas Ale)
- 2008 Silver medal, French/Belgian Style Ale category (Matilda)
- 2008 Silver medal, English Style Summer Ale category (312 Urban Wheat)
- 2006 Gold medal, Barrel Aged Beer category (Bourbon County Stout)
- 2006 Gold medal, American Brown Ale category (Nut Brown Ale)
- 2006 Silver medal, French/Belgian Style Ale category (Matilda)
- 2006 Bronze medal, Classic English Style Pale Ale category (Honkers Ale)
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- Beer Advocate, November 4, 2008
- Northern Home Brewers forum, Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Stout.
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- "New Products". beveragespectrum.com. July–August 2009.
- Our sodas, Goose Island Brewery.
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- Brewers Association. "World Beer Cup Winners List". worldbeercup.org.