Yesterday, Chicago Real Estate Daily reported on the rent troubles being had by the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. Back in 2008 (three years before Anheuser-Busch bought the brand, but not the brewpubs) they went through a similar debacle but managed to come to a solution that allowed the brewpub to continue to operate on the site. We have to assume that was a five-year deal, because CRED says that the brewpub might be on the way out once again. Continue reading
Adam Vavrick, beer boss at the Binny’s on Marcey Street, has put together a beer event that borders on ridiculous.
He’s got a ton of Goose Island treasurers he’ll be pulling out of the store’s cellar starting at 9am tomorrow.
Showing up gets you a piece of paper with a number on it. I’ll be pulling numbers for special things from my cellar. Any time your number is pulled, you get the option to purchase whatever that particular item is. Then it goes back in the hat.
There is plenty of BCS 2012, so even if your number is never called, you’ll still be able to grab some.
Stuff from the cellar:
- Bourbon County 2011 4pks
- Bourbon County Mini Cellar 4pks (2 bottles 2012, 1 bottle 2011, 1 bottle 2010)
- Bourbon County 2009 Bombers
- Night Stalker 2010
- Night Stalker 2011
- Bourbon County Vanilla 2010
- Bourbon County Coffee 2010
- King Henry
When you’re done there, you might as well walk across the street to Goose Island’s Clybourn brewpub and belly up for any of the following;
- Bourbon County Brand Stout ’12
- Coffee Bourbon County Brand Stout ’11
- Night Stalker ’12
- Exclusive one-offs from Goose Island Brewpubs
Goose Clybourn is also doing a Bourbon County event, but that sold out quite a while ago.
Doors to the brewpub open at 10am.
Goose Island took home the most hardware with 4 medals and a Best in Show. Goose Island’s brewpubs also medaled as did Haymarket, Atlas Brewing, Solemn Oath, Flossmoor Station and Three Floyds.
You can see the full list of FOBAB winners, by category, below.
Category One: Classic Porter/Stout
Gold: Bourbon Stout, Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR)
Silver: Pretty Brown Eyes, Goose Island Clybourn (Chicago, IL)
Bronze: Rye Barrel Aged Fuel Coffee Stout, Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI)
Category Two: Strong Porter/Stout
Gold: Bourbon County Brand Stout, Goose Island (Chicago, IL)
Silver: Indignant, Haymarket Pub & Brewery (Chicago, IL)
Bronze: Acrimonious, Haymarket Pub & Brewery (Chicago, IL)
Category Three: Barleywine/Wheatwine
Gold: Fertile Crescent, Goose Island Wrigleyville (Chicago, IL)
Silver: King Henry, Goose Island (Chicago, IL)
Bronze: Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, Central Waters Brewing (Amherst, WI)
Category Four: Classic Styles no higher than 7 percent alcohol
Gold: Afternoon Delight, Sun King Brewing (Indianapolis, IN)
Silver: Barrel-Aged Grand Saison, Grand Teton Brewing (Victor, ID)
Bronze: Oak-Aged Monadnock Rye Ale, Atlas Brewing (Chicago, IL)
Category Five: Strong/Double/Imperial Pale Beer
Gold: Humidor IPA, Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL)
Silver: Ultramegahighfrequency, Solemn Oath Brewery (Naperville, IL)
Bronze: Rillo Rye P.A., Shoreline Brewery (Michigan City, IN)
Category Six: Strong/Double/Imperial Dark Beer
Gold: Imperial Schwartz, Flossmoor Station (Flossmoor, IL)
Silver: Pappy Fog, Sun King Brewing (Indianapolis, IN)
Bronze: Charkoota Rye, New Holland Brewing (Holland, MI)
Category Seven: Fruit Beer
Gold: Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout, Goose Island (Chicago, IL)
Silver: Ronaldo, Three Floyds Brewing (Munster, IN)
Bronze: Radth, Solemn Oath Brewery (Naperville, IL)
Category Eight: Experimental Beer
Gold: Track #8, the Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA)
Silver: Barrel Aged Abraxas, Perennial Artisan Ales (Saint Louis, MO)
Bronze: Track #10, the Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA)
Category Nine: Wild Beer
Gold: .357 Brett, Flossmoor Station (Flossmoor, IL)
Silver: Biere de Peach Barrel, New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO)
Bronze: Madame Rose, Goose Island (Chicago, IL)
Category Ten: Wild Acidic Beer
Gold: Track #9, the Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA)
Silver: Cuvee de Bubba, Bear Republic Brewing (Cloverdale, CA)
Bronze: Eric’s Ale, New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO)
Best in Show:
Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout, Goose Island (Chicago, IL)
Best in Show, Runner-Up:
Track #8, the Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA)
KARL: The news of Goose Island being bought out by Anheuser-Busch seems to have taken a similar emotional path throughout many in the brewer-verse this morning. Just before 9am, John Hall announced that Goose Island was to be sold to A-B for 38.8 million dollars. At that precise moment, a wave of moderate shock resounded through the Twitterati, almost immediately downgraded to “mild” and followed up quickly with resignation. Put into one word? Bummer. When AB bought a stake in Goose back in
2007 2006 (what’s a year between friends?) I’m pretty sure we all expected this day to happen. Now it’s here, and we have to deal with it.
Assuming that we’re mostly in the “acceptance phase” of Buyout Day, we’re watching opinions flying about regarding what the purchase means for the future of Goose Island as a whole, what it means for Chicagoans specifically, and about what the AB-InBev influence will have on GI. One point: While most of the stories have been talking about AB’s role in this whole deal, remember that they’re run by Belgian superbrewerconglomeratemonster InBev. If your dollars were staying in Chicago previously, don’t get fooled into thinking they’re just going to St. Louis now – at the end of the day, those bucks are headed to Brussels.
Here’s a quick list of questions off the top of our head that we’d love to have an answer to. Afterwards, a bit of our perspective. Continue reading
Goose Island Sai-Shan-Tea
Saison, 7.5% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: This intriguing Saison is a collaborative effort between Goose Island’s Clybourn brewpub, Chuck Sudo from Chicagoist and Rodrick Markus of Rare Tea Cellar.
“From the first time I sampled the lemon meritage tea, I had an idea for a take on a shandy, only with some character and heft. I thought a saison spiced with the tea could be a great summer beer, coming in at around 7-8 percent ABV, but with that lemon flavor it would go down like a session beer.” Continue reading
Goose Island says:
As a part of our chef collaboration series we teamed up with Vie Restaurant to create La Vie D’une Oie (The Life of a Goose). A complex wheat wine with notes of dried fig, prunes, cocoa and cherry.
Goose Island La Vie D’une Oi (The Life of a Goose)
Wheat Wine, 9% ABV
I had this cask conditioned wheat wine at Goose Island Clybourn on Wednesday, March 31st. The very first thing I noticed is this beer is a bit dark for a wheat wine. I was expecting an orange or copper coloring. Oh, the intrigue.
The aroma, though, definitely fit the appearance. Maple syrup & cherry’s. A bit of cocoa too. Continue reading