Founded in Chicago in 1988, Goose Island is one of the most successful craft breweries in the Midwest and produces some of the most popular, and award-winning, beers in America. Since 1989, Goose Island beers have won a variety of awards at acclaimed beer events including the World Beer Championships, World Beer Cup, World Expo of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival.
The Windy City’s famous craft beer began with a trip across Europe, when Goose Island founder John Hall took a tour across the continent. Pint by pint, he savoured the styles and selections of brews in every region, and thought to himself, “America deserves some damn fine beer like this too!” Largely recognized as the grandfather of the American craft beer movement, upon his return John settled in Chicago and got brewing. He first made stellar beer and then invited his customers in to watch his process at the brewery, bringing them behind the scenes every step of the way. The result was a new fascination with craft brewing, and beer that not only catered to people’s tastes, but challenged them as well.
Last year I was first introduced to Goose Island at a media tasting at Nota Bene. I had the opportunity to sip through glasses of Sofie and Matilda, the brands two iconic brews, sold in stoic wine bottles. Was love at first sight! I made a promise to the brewer who had flown in that morning, “next time I visit Chicago I’ll be sure to pop by your brewpub.” Seriously, twist my arm.
Goose Islands lively brewpub can be found at Clybourn in Lincoln Park. My visit felt a bit like a pilgrimage and featured a memorable sud sloshed beer tasting paired with spicy sriracha wings and fromage + charcuterie board duo. The visit was made extra special as the World Cup Final Argentina vs Germany played out during the course of our visit. While sipping through the n exclusive Willow Street Wit and Victory IPA we were entertained by hoots, hollers and the odd F-Bomb as a rowdy crowd sat glued to the boob tube. Footy fans splished and splashed hop forward ale which offered an aromatic perfume, an energized ambiance and stellar culinary experience I won’t soon forget.
lanesplitter, willow street wit, victory ipa, 72-72, hagglethorn, sophie, matilda
heaven hill bourbon, house sour, all purpose ipa, bitters
veev acai spirit, lemonade, green line pale ale
Spicy Sriracha Wings
cotto salami, country pork pate, nocciola salami, lomo, house pickles, grainy mustard, artisan bread
bellavitano cheddar, big ed gouda, blue paradise, strawberry preserve, artisan bread