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. 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.
The key to building interest in craft beer was to allow consumers to watch the brewing process – while providing them with the experience of enjoying a wide variety of distinctive beers that had been produced on-site. Goose Island’s brewers set to work crafting a diverse selection of unique beers – and on Friday, May 13, 1988 the Goose Island Brewpub was born.
ABV: 4.2%| IBUS: 20
Inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that’s immensely refreshing.
ABV: 5.9%| IBUS: 55
This IPA recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.
ABV 7%|IBUS: 40
It’s 7%, but totally crushable — it’s not quite like any other IPA you’ve had. Big, bracing, piney hop flavors meet a tropical bouquet of Nugget, Citra, and Mosaic hops. There’s a balanced bitterness that blends seamlessly into the light to medium body. Sip it or rip it. We’re not your mom.
ABV: 3%| IBUS: 23
If the can didn’t mention it, you’d never think it was a low cal beer but now that the cat’s out of the bag… surprise.
ABV: 6.5%| IBUS: 25
Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for Champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons.
ABV: 7%| IBUS: 32
Wild in character, with a slightly fruity aroma and a spicy yeast flavor that is as unique as it is satisfying – Matilda is an intriguing choice for beer and wine lovers alike. Dry and quenching, it’s the perfect accompaniment at the dining table or for casually socializing at the bar.
ABV 5.5% IBUS: 17
A crisp and refreshing fruit ale with hints of passionfruit and pineapple. This beer is tropical, aromatic, but not overly sweet. SPF is graced with quenching notes of bright citrus, delicate acidity, and familiar tropical aromas of guava, pineapple, and mango.
ABV: 5%| IBUS 20
With a light fruity aroma and a bright, crisp finish, Goose Island Summertime Kölsch is the perfect summer session ale. A Kölsch beer brewed in the traditional German fashion, you’ll find yourself enjoying and savoring each sip of Summertime as much as you do those hot summer days and cool summer nights.
Our Nut Brown Ale combines the finest domestic and imported malts to produce a chestnut-hued ale of unusual complexity. Subtle notes of chocolate, honey and fine tobacco give this ale an enjoyable and satisfying “nutty” finish.
Introducing the Goose Island Classic Ales Collection, twelve packs featuring three of Goose Island’s fine craft beers, specially selected for your enjoyment.
Selections change seasonally.