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.
The key to building interest in craft beer, Hall decided, was to allow consumers to watch the brewing process – while providing them with the then-novel experience of enjoying a wide variety of distinctive beers that had been produced on-site. Hall wanted to not only cater to his customers’ tastes, but to challenge them as well. 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.
312 Urban Wheat
ABV: 4.2% IBU: 20
Style: Urban Wheat
Color: Hazy Straw
Hops: Liberty, Cascade
Malts: 2 Row, Torrified Wheat
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.
312 Urban Pale Ale
ABV: 5.4% IBU: 30
Style: Urban Pale
Hops: Amarillo, Mt. Hood, Nugget
Malts: 2 Row, Crystal 60
Goose Island is from the city that invented the skyscraper. They constructed their Urban Pale Ale on a balanced malt backbone, so the citrus hop aroma and crisp flavor can stand tall.
ABV: 5.9% IBU: 55
Hops: Pilgrim, Styrian Golding Celeia, Cascade, Centennial
Their India Pale Ale 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: 4.3% IBU: 30
Style: English Style Bitter
Color: Golden Sunset
Hops: Pilgrim, Styrian, Golding Celeia
Malts: 2 Row, Caramel, Wheat, Roasted Barley
Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again.
ABV: 5.1 IBU: 20
Style: German Style Kölsch
Hops: Mt. Hood, Saaz
Malts: 2 Row, Wheat
The color of sunshine, with a light fruity aroma and a hint of fruity acidity, Goose Island Summertime 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.