Goose Island Brewery

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Goose Island Beer Company
Updated Goose Island logo.png
Location Chicago, Illinois
United States
Coordinates 41°56′47.36″N 87°39′27.96″W / 41.9464889°N 87.6577667°W / 41.9464889; -87.6577667
Opened 1988
Key people John Hall (founder)
Brett Porter (Brewmaster)
Jared Jankoski (Brewmaster)
Owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev
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 after a stake of the company was sold to Widmer Brothers Brewery in 2006[4], and the brewery was able to expand into different markets.[5]

Greg Hall stepped down as brewmaster with the AB InBev purchase in 2011; Brett Porter was hired as the new brewmaster.[2]


Goose Island brewpub on Clybourn Ave.

Goose Island has one brewpub located on Clybourn Ave which serves brunch, lunch, and dinner next to their assortment of beers.[6] The brewpub was sold to Anheuser Busch in 2016, but it still remains a subsidiary of the Fulton Street taproom[7].[8] The location is currently closed due to renovation.[9]

The brewery on Fulton street features a tap room and offers tours of the facility.[10][11]

Goose Island currently operates different concept locations pubs across the globe, with brewpubs in Toronto[12], Sao Paolo[13], Seoul[14] and Shanghai[15]; a pub in Monterrey, Mexico; and a vintage ale house in London[16].



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.[17]

In November 2008, Goose Island made news when its small batch of Bourbon County Stout became available for the first time in Western states.[18]

While Goose Island products were originally only available in the Chicago area[19], their products are now available in all 50 states.[20]


For several years, the WIT Beverage Company licensed the Goose Island name for a craft soda line.[21][22] The branding was changed to WBC Craft Sodas following the expiration of the Goose Island licensing in 2013.



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


  1. ^ Frisbie, Paul (November 9, 2008). "A Chicago Icon Remains Intact". 
  2. ^ a b "Chicago craft-beer brewer Goose Island sells to Anheuser-Busch". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Craft Brewer Defined". Brewers Association. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Rocky (December 17, 2008). "Goose Island Beer-Chicago's Finest". 
  5. ^ Yue,Lorene (June 8, 2006). "Stake in Goose Island Beer Sold to Anheuser Affiliate". 
  6. ^ "Goose Island Brewpub". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  7. ^ "Goose Island Brewhouse Now Open in Toronto | Canadian Beer News". Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
  8. ^ Noel, Josh. "Goose Island sells brewpub to Anheuser-Busch". Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  9. ^ Noel, Josh. "Goose Island's Clybourn brewpub closing for 5-month renovation". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  10. ^ "Take a look at Goose Island Beer Co.'s new tasting room". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  11. ^ "Goose Island Beer Co". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  12. ^ "Goose Island Brewhouse Now Open in Toronto | Canadian Beer News". Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
  13. ^ "Em 'brewhouse' da Goose Island bebedor vai provar cervejas feitas no próprio bar - 15/01/2017 - sãopaulo - Folha de S.Paulo". Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  14. ^ "Catching up on craft beer in Seoul, South Korea". Growler Magazine. 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  15. ^ Noel, Josh. "Goose Island going global with pubs, brewhouses in 6 countries (and Philly)". Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  16. ^ "AB InBev taps craft beer boom by opening first London pub under Goose Island brand". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  17. ^ Goose Island Beer Company at Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  18. ^ "Goose Island releases Bourbon County Brand Stout documentary". The Jax Beer Guy. 2015-09-26. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  19. ^ "Goose Island: Goose Island beer to go national". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  20. ^ Noel, Josh. "Goose Island jumping on Pilsner trend with Four Star". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  21. ^ "New Products". July–August 2009. 
  22. ^ "Fate of Goose Island Soda? It's Flappin' in the Wind". March 28, 2011. 

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