Sample Bottle Size: 12fl ounces/355 mL
Cost: $4.00 (At a restaurant in Chicago)
Alcohol (ABV): 4.2%
Brief History (via http://www.gooseisland.com): When the first Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, with only a handful of brewpubs in existence in the Midwest. In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that.
Now let’s get to the beer!
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale straw-colored body. Had a fluffy white head.
Scent/Smell: Light malty/citrus scent. Also smelled a distinct grainy odor , although not very strong.
Taste: Very wheaty, with a fruity/citusy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and well carbonated. Very easy going down.
Drink with (food): Poultry, some cheeses, house salad, caesar salad, Latin foods.
I really, really like this beer. And highly suggest it. I am a big fan of this particular beer style.
- “Chicago Small Brewer, Craft Brewers Alliance to Sell Stakes in Goose Island; Expansion of Chicago Brewery Planned” and related posts (beernews.org)
- Anheuser to acquire Chicago brewer Goose Island (marketwatch.com)
- “BUD Buys Goose Island” and related posts (dailymarkets.com)
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