Goose Island Brewery
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
Goose Island Brewery is a brewery located in Chicago, Illinois, that began as a single brewpub opened by John Hall in May 1988 in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, and named after a nearby island. 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 would be selling its 58% stake in Fulton Street Brewery LLC (the legal name of Goose Island Brewing) to distribution partner Anheuser-Busch InBev. The remaining 42% stake, owned by Craft Brew Alliance, was also purchased by Anheuser-Busch. Because they were now more than 25% owned by a non-craft brewer, Goose Island then became a non-craft brewery. [A]
Their beers are distributed across the United States and the United Kingdom, after a 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.
Goose Island has two brewpubs which both serve brunch, lunch, and dinner. The 1800 N. 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 on Saturday (12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm) and Sunday (1pm and 2:30pm).
Goose Island produces a number of beers that are available year-round, as well as some beers that are seasonal. At different times in the past, the brewery has produced dozens of other beers.
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, 25-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon," or Jim Beam Bourbon barrels.
|India Pale Ale||India Pale Ale||5.9||55|
|312 Urban Wheat Ale||Wheat ale||4.2||18|
|312 Urban Pale Ale||Pale ale||5.2||30|
|Green Line||Pale ale||5.4||36||Draft only|
|Pere Jacques||Belgian strong ale||8.0||26|
|Pepe Nero||Farmhouse ale||6.4||30|
|Endless IPA||Session IPA||4.7||20||Seasonal (Mar–Aug)|
|Oktoberfest||Oktoberfest beer||6.4||17||Seasonal (Aug–Sept)|
|Rambler IPA||Red IPA||5.7||35||Seasonal (Aug–Nov)|
|Bourbon County Stout||Imperial stout||14+||60||Seasonal (Nov)|
|Bourbon County Barley Wine||Barley Wine||12+||60||Seasonal (Nov)|
|Christmas Ale||Brown ale||7.3||varies||Seasonal (Nov–Dec)|
|Juliet||Sour ale||8.0||15||Available once a year|
For several years, the WIT Beverage Company licensed the Goose Island name for a craft soda line including Chicago Style Root Beer, Concord Grape, Spicy Ginger, Vanilla Cream, and Orange Cream. The branding was changed to WBC Craft Sodas following the expiration of the Goose Island licensing in 2013.
|312 Urban Wheat||Wheat Ale||2010 Great American Beer Festival Gold, 2008 Great American Beer Festival Bronze, 2008 World Beer Cup Silver, 2007 Great American Beer Festival Gold, 2006 Great American Beer Festival Gold|
|Baderbrau||Pilsner||1998 Great American Beer Festival Silver|
|Blonde Ale||Blonde Ale||1999 Great American Beer Festival Gold|
|Bourbon County Brand Stout||Imperial Stout||2010 Great American Beer Festival Bronze, 2006 World Beer Cup Gold, 1995 Great American Beer Festival Honorable Mention|
|Bourbon Wheatmeister||Wheat Wine||2007 Great American Beer Festival Gold|
|Chicago Vice Weizen||Wheat Ale||1989 Great American Beer Festival Silver|
|Christmas Ale||Christmas Beer||2010 World Beer Cup Bronze|
|Demolition||Golden Ale||2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver|
|Harvest Ale||Extra Special Bitter||2011 Great American Beer Festival Bronze|
|Honkers Ale||Bitter||2006 World Beer Cup Bronze, 1997 Great American Beer Festival Gold|
|IPA||India Pale Ale||2010 World Beer Cup Gold, 2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver, 2007 Great American Beer Festival Silver, 2004 Great American Beer Festival Silver, 2001 Great American Beer Festival Bronze, 2000 Great American Beer Festival Gold|
|Lolita||Cherry Sour Ale||2010 World Beer Cup Silver|
|Matilda||Pale Ale||2008 World Beer Cup Silver, 2006 World Beer Cup Silver, 2005 Great American Beer Festival Gold|
|Naughty Goose||Brown Ale||2003 Great American Beer Festival Gold|
|Nut Brown Ale||Brown Ale||2010 World Beer Cup Gold, 2006 World Beer Cup Gold|
|Oatmeal Stout||Oatmeal Stout||1992 Great American Beer Festival Bronze|
|Pils||Pilsner||2002 Great American Beer Festival Silver|
|PMD Mild||Mild Ale||1992 Great American Beer Festival Gold|
|Red Woody||Red Ale||2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver|
|Schwarzbier||Schwarzbier||2004 Great American Beer Festival Bronze|
|Sofie||Saison||2011 Great American Beer Festival Bronze|
|Summertime||Kölsch||2002 Great American Beer Festival Gold|
|Wheatmeister||Wheat Wine||2007 Great American Beer Festival Bronze|
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