Goose Island Beer Company Celebrates 25 Years

On Monday, May 13, 2013, Goose Island Beer Company celebrated its 25th year of making great beer and to commemorate this amazing journey, Goose Island will release an extra special bitter beer, offer fans a chance to show their love for the beer with a Facebook contest and to close out their celebrations they will host an anniversary party on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Founded by John Hall in 1988, Goose Island was one of the first craft breweries established in the Midwest. Goose Island is acclaimed for creating world-class ales including 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Honker’s Ale, India Pale Ale, Matilda, Pere Jacques, Sofie, and a wide variety of seasonal, draught only and barrel-aged releases including Bourbon County Brand Stout, the original bourbon barrel-aged beer.

“When we started brewing back in 1988, craft beer options in Chicago were non-existent,” said John Hall, founder, Goose Island Beer Co. “Twenty-five years later, we like to think we had something to do with improving the Chicago beer scene.”

25 Year Anniversary Ale

For Goose Island’s 25th Anniversary, Goose Island Brewmaster Brett Porter, former Goose Island Brewmaster Greg Hall, and Goose Island Pub Brewmaster Nick Barron co-created a unique new brew to celebrate the loyal fans that supported the company over the past 25 years. This special ale exhibits the rich malt and rustic hop flavors found in the English ales thatoriginally inspired their founder, John Hall, to open Goose Island in 1988. Goose Island’s Anniversary Ale comes in at 6.4 percent ABV and will be available at the brewpubs on draught and in six-pack bottles later this month.

“We wanted to celebrate our 25th anniversary by bringing back an unreleased beer called ‘Honker’s Deluxe’ that is pleasant to enjoy and a testament to our brewing team’s goals,” said Brewmaster Brett Porter. “We brewed the beer with Maris Otter malt and dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings.”

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