Goose Island Brewery

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Goose Island Beer Company
Updated Goose Island logo.png
Location Chicago, Illinois
United States
Opened 1988
Key people John Hall (founder)
Brett Porter (Brewmaster)
Jared Jankoski (Brewmaster)
Owner(s) Anheuser-Busch InBev
Website gooseisland.com
Active beers
Name Type
Goose IPA India Pale Ale
Honkers Ale English Bitter
Fulton Street Blend Golden ale
312 Urban Wheat Ale Pale wheat ale
312 Urban Pale Ale Pale ale
Four Star Pils Pilsner
Sofie Belgian Farmhouse Ale
Matilda Belgian Pale Ale

Goose Island Brewery is a brewery in Chicago, Illinois, that began as a single brewpub opened in 1988 in Lincoln Park, Chicago, and named after a nearby island. The larger brewery opened in 1995, and a second brewpub, in Wrigleyville, in 1999.[1]

In 2011, Goose Island was sold to Anheuser-Busch InBev.[2][A]

Their beers are distributed across the United States and the United Kingdom,[4] after a stake of the company was sold to Widmer Brothers Brewery in 2006, and the brewery was able to expand into different markets.[5] The brewer began distributing Matilda west of the Rockies in March 2010.[6][7] 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.[8]

Greg Hall stepped down as brewmaster with the AB InBev purchase in 2011.[2]

Brewpubs[edit]

Goose Island brewpub on Clybourn Ave.

Goose Island had 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 brewpub is 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 Wrigleyville location closed in September 2014, but reopened for the Chicago Cubs season in April 2015. It closed for good in November 2015, and its brewing equipment was removed.

The Goose Island brewpubs were not a part of the sale of Goose Island Beer Company to Anheuser Busch.[9]

Tours[edit]

The brewery conducts tours at the Clybourn Brewpub on Saturday (12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm) and Sunday (1pm and 2:30pm).

Products[edit]

Beer[edit]

Beers on tap at the pub

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.[10]

In November 2008, Goose Island made news when its small batch of Bourbon County Stout became available for the first time in Western states.[11] That Russian Imperial Stout is cask-conditioned in oak Bourbon barrels, which may include Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single barrel bourbon,[12] 25-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon,"[7] or Jim Beam Bourbon barrels.[13]

Goose Island Beers
Name Style ABV % IBU Availability/Notes Ref
Honkers Ale English Bitter 4.3 30 Year round [14]
Goose IPA India Pale Ale 5.9 55 Year round [15]
Fulton Street Blend Golden ale 5.5 20 Year round [16]
Autumn Ale Red ale 6.7 65 Seasonal [17]
Oktoberfest Märzen 6.4 17 Seasonal [18]
Autumn Experimental Ale Extra Special Bitter 5.7 43 Limited release
Autumn variety pack only
[19]
Festivity Ale Brown ale 7.7 50 Seasonal (Nov–Dec) [20]
Ten Hills Pale Ale Pale ale 6.2 50 Year round [21]
Summer Ale Summer ale 5.0 35 Seasonal (April–August) [22]
312 Urban Wheat Ale Wheat ale 4.2 18 Year round [23]
312 Urban Pale Ale Pale ale 5.2 30 Year round [24]
312 Urban Radler Shandy 3.0 18 Seasonal (Summer)
Chicago distribution only
[25]
Green Line Pale ale 5.4 36 Illinois distribution only [26]
Four Star Pils Pilsner 5.1 44 Year round [27]
Chance the Rapper's No Collar Helles Lager 5.1 25 Draft only
Chicago distribution only
[28]
Sofie Saison 6.5 20 Year round [29]
Matilda Belgian ale 7.0 32 Year round [30]
Gillian Belgian farmhouse ale 9.5 20 Limited release [31]
Lolita Belgian wild ale 8.7 32 Limited release [32]
Juliet Sour ale 8.0 15 Limited release [33]
Halia Lambic 7.5 11 Limited release [33]
Madame Rose Oud bruin 6.7 25 Limited release [33]
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)
Rambler IPA Red IPA 6.7 65 Seasonal (Aug–Nov)
Bourbon County Stout Imperial stout 14+ 60 Seasonal (Nov)
Bourbon County Barley Wine Barley Wine 12+ 60 Seasonal (Nov)

Soda[edit]

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.[34][35] The branding was changed to WBC Craft Sodas following the expiration of the Goose Island licensing in 2013.

Awards[edit]

[36][37]

Name Style Honors
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

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Within the Brewers Association definition. "An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional."[3]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Frisbie, Paul (November 9, 2008). "A Chicago Icon Remains Intact". chicago-copywriter.com. 
  2. ^ a b Noel, Josh; York, Emily (March 28, 2011). "Anheuser-Busch to take over Goose Island". chicagotribune.com. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Craft Brewer Defined". brewersassociation.org. Brewers Association. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Rocky (December 17, 2008). "Goose Island Beer-Chicago's Finest". hoppsy.com. 
  5. ^ Yue,Lorene (June 8, 2006). "Stake in Goose Island Beer Sold to Anheuser Affiliate". chicagobusiness.com. 
  6. ^ Fullpint, Jonny (March 2, 2010). "Goose Island – Matilda Makes Her Way West". Beer News. The Full Pint.com. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Goose Island". Seattle Beer News. March 2, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Bryson York, Emily (February 22, 2011). "Goose Island outsources Honker's, India Pale Ale". chicagotribune.com. 
  9. ^ "Press Release 03.28.2011: Goose Island Selects Current Partner Anheuser-Bush for Growth Strategy" (Press release). Chicago, Illinois. March 28, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ Goose Island Beer Company at RateBeer.com. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  11. ^ Beer Advocate, November 4, 2008
  12. ^ Northern Home Brewers forum, Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Stout.
  13. ^ Japhe, Brad (26 November 2014). "For Beer Lovers, "Black" Friday Means the Release of a Very Rare Barrel-Aged Stout". LA Weekly. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
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  34. ^ "New Products". beveragespectrum.com. July–August 2009. 
  35. ^ "Fate of Goose Island Soda? It's Flappin' in the Wind". BevNET.com. March 28, 2011. 
  36. ^ The Association of Brewers. "Great American Beer Festival Past Winners". greatamericanbeerfestival.com. 
  37. ^ Brewers Association. "World Beer Cup Winners List". worldbeercup.org. 

External links[edit]

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