Goose Island Brewing, of Chicago, is kicking off their new Goose Island Imperial Series with an IPA called The Illinois. I recently received a card from Brett Porter, Head Brewer, from Goose Island which reads, "Hi John. I hope you enjoy our new beer, The Illinois, as much as I enjoyed brewing it. Cheers !"
The imperial India Pale Ale is full of bold hops which packs a delicious flavor. The Illinois is an homage to the mile high skyscraper Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the city of Chicago which was never built. Had it been built, it would still be the tallest building in the world today. Inspired by this big idea, Goose Island’s brewers have crafted a beer with a towering hop character and a complex citrus aroma built on a strong malt foundation.
My article from December points out the relationship between local farmer and local brewer. This relationship is vital and has propelled Goose Island nationally as a locally (Chicago) developed taste. It's this taste of a region of America which is a sure plus and evidence of masterfully crafted brew.
A little about Goose Island. They were founded in Chicago in 1988, Goose Island is one of the most successful craft breweries in the Midwest and produces some very popular and award winning beers. 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 (GABF).
Fans of Goose Island who are 21 years old or older can find more information and retailers near them at www.GooseIsland.com, www.GooseIsland.com/facebook, www.Facebook.com/GooseIslandBeer, and on Twitter (@GooseIsland).