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Goose Island Beer Co. Crafting Fine Dark Ales and Stouts

Goose Island Beer Co.


John Hall began Goose Island Brewpub in 1988, during the introduction of the brewpub concept nationwide. Hall wanted to build interest in craft beer - allowing the consumer to watch the brewing process and enjoy them on-site. In the Midwest, Goose Island Beer Co. had to compete with the popularity and affordability of mass-produced beers, yet they succeeded. In 1995, Goose Island Beer opened up a larger brewery and bottling plant to keep up with demand. In 1999, a second Goose Island Brewpub opened near Wrigley Field. With nationwide distribution and export markets in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, and Puerto Rico, Goose Island Beer is readily available at a beer stores, restaurants, and bars near you.

Bourbon County Stout, Nut Brown Ale, Pepe Nero
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Nut Brown Ale combines the finest domestic and imported malts to produce a chestnut-hued ale. It was the Gold Medal winner in the American Brown Ale category at the World Beer Cup in 2006 and 2010. Aromatics experienced were walnuts and cocoa. Flavors experienced were chocolate, tobacco, honey, nutty, a slight bitterness yet smooth and somewhat strong. This beer should be served ice cold. Possible food pairings would be pork and beef dishes.

Pepe Nero is a farmhouse ale brewed with black peppercorns. It was the Gold Medal winner in the Saison (farmhouse ale) category at the World Beer Championship in 2011.Aromatics experienced were strong oak and roasted chestnuts. Flavors experienced were black peppercorn, hops, and lemon with a slight bitterness and dry finish. Possible food pairings would be grilled/smoked meats and roasted vegetables.

Bourbon County Stout was brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at Goose Island’s Clybourn brewpub – dark and as dense as a black hole. It won the Bronze Medal in the Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Stout category at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010 and the Gold Medal in the Barrel Aged Beer category at the World Beer Cup in 2006. Aromatics experienced were medicinal, charred oak, chocolate, caramel, whiskey, and sweet wine. Flavors experienced were medicinal, burnt coffee, sweet chocolate, and whiskey – almost like a strong port. Possible food pairing would be oat/squaw bread. This is definitely an acquired taste, unlike anything we’ve tasted before.

If you’re in the Chicago area, definitely make a stop at one of their brewpub locations for lunch and/or dinner. Look for Goose Island Beer on the beer menu when dining out or shopping at your local beer/liquor store.

For more information:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Goose Island Beer Finder

Brewpub locations:
1800 N Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614

  • Open daily at 11am serving lunch and dinner
  • Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, and 4th of July
  • Brewery tours and tastings available.

3535 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

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