Here is a sneak peek of the next two hoppy offerings from The Goose:
Endless IPA (April) - A “session” IPA, brewed with Amarillo hops. Look for this to come in around 5% ABV
Rambler IPA (August) – Red Ale (heavy on the hops). Brewed with Northern Brewer, Cascade, Mt. Hood, and Amarillo. 7% ABV.
Recent new releases include 10 Hills Pale Ale, featuring hops from the hop hills of Anheuser-Busch’s hop farm in Idaho.
Goose Island Brewing (Chicago) will kick off their new Goose Island Imperial Series with an IPA dubbed The Illinois.
The imperial IPA is full of big “c” hops (for those none beer geeky folks, those pretty bold hops). While an officially press release from Goose Island is pending, expect this beer to release on February 24th, 2014.
The Illinois is an homage to the mile high skyscraper Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the city of Chicago that was never built. Had it been built, it would still be the tallest building in the world today. Inspired by this big idea, Goose Island’s brewers craft a beer with a towering hop character.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Citra, Meridian
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. (Tentative)
9% ABV, 95 IBUS
A new variant of Goose Island’s epic Bourbon County Brand Stout series is in the works. The now famous imperial stout aged in Templeton Rye bourbon barrels.
Templeton bourbon was first created in Templeton, Iowa during the prohibition era. in 2001, Scott Bush reintroduced the brand based on the prohibition area recipe. In 2007, Templeton Rye was first distributed outside of Iowa.
Kicking off a series of three limited release brews is Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale.
The name comes from Bonners Ferry, Idaho Elk Mountain Farms, the exclusive hop grower for Goose Island. The farm started with ten “hills” of hops and has grown to over 200,000 hills.
“As craft beer drinkers’ palates shift toward hoppy beers, we want to highlight the creativity of the Goose Island brewing team and bring something distinctive to the drinker. Among craft beer connoisseurs, we’re already loved and lauded in the IPA style and these three new beers brewed with hops from Elk Mountain Farms will offer our fans even more to love from Goose Island.”
Look for this to arrive in 12oz bottles nationwide in December. Draft will arrive in March, 2014.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Perle, Cascade, Saaz
Flavor: “Apricot and tangerine aroma, tasting of sweet honey and toast and finishes with an earthy, herbal hop character. “
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
6.2% ABV, 48 IBUs
There are over 2000 wine barrels aging currently at Goose Island Brewing in Chicago, Illinois. There are four “sisters” out now. Gillian, Lolita, Halia, and Juliet.
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On Black Friday, November 29th, Goose Island will release plethora of Bourbon County beers and variants. Here is a quick look at what variants there are, how much, and more.
The original. Bourbon County Brand Stout – Available in all states. Where legal. (ABV limits)
Bourbon County Coffee Brand Stout – Brewed with Intelligencia coffee. 12oz/4pks, limited.
Bourbon County Barleywine – Barleywine aged in 3rd use barrels. 12oz/4 packs. Limited.
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout – Chicago only. 22oz bombers. Toasted coconut, aged in rye whiskey.
Backyard Bourbon County Brand Stout – LIMITED. 22oz bombers. Three different berries, whiskey barrels.
More variants surface from Goose Island Brewing. In addition the toasted coconut rye whiskey aged Bourbon County, expect this “backyard” offering.
Goose throws bosenberries, mulberries, and marionberries in the the signature imperials stout and aged it in rye whiskey barrels. This edition was inspired by the berries the brewers remember eating in their backyards growing up. Backyard Rye Bourbon County is a perfect back porch sipper.
Late November in 22oz bombers for Backyard Bourbon County. Chicago only. Sorry, America.