Continuing with Midwest breweries…
I used to drink Goose Island beer only on my visits to Chicago. I thought it was a regional brewery limited to Illinois, but when President Obama was elected in 2008, I started seeing Goose Island on the shelves in DC. Coincidence? I’m not sure, but I thought it was cool that when President Obama arrived in DC, so did beer from Illinois and Hawaii (Kona Brewing Company) — Obama’s previous home and place of birth, respectively.
I’m a HUGE fan of Goose Island brews. I’ve been to the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub many times — its one of my favorite destinations in Chicago. I’ve also enjoyed many bottles of Goose Island, mostly Honker’s Ale. It’s my go-to brew when I’m in Chicago — you can always find Goose Island on draft at Chicago-area bars and restaurants. Goose Island is to Chicago what Sam Adams is to Boston.
So I was pumped when I started seeing Goose Island at Magruder’s, my DC beer store. On a recent visit, I picked up a mixed case of:
- India Pale Ale, a 2010 Gold Medal Winner at the World Beer Cup. Enough said about this excellent IPA (5.9%).
- 312, like the digits suggest, it’s a beer that’s densely populated with flavor and loaded with character; dubbed an Urban Wheat Ale (4.2%).
- Honker’s Ale, an English Style Bitter (4.2%); Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again. I couldn’t agree more. This is a pleasant session beer.
In addition to these solid everyday beers, Goose Island makes some Vintage Ales and Vintage Reserve Ales. I’ve had a few of these at the brewpub and seen them on the shelves at Magruder’s but have never tried them in the bottle. I think I just added a new item to my beer to-do list!
Honkers is my go-to when I can’t get my favorite local Chicago suburb craft beer maker called Two Brothers. If you have not had that Mike, the next time you come to Chicago, let me know and I’ll take you to the taphouse. It’s a good place.
Thanks for the tip — I’ll be in Chicago next month!