All The Same Beer


Goose Island are celebrating their 25th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, they brewed an accompanying beer — an Extra Special Bitter (ESB) modeled after their Honker’s Ale (my rating: 79 points).

Owned by ABInbev, the world’s largest brewer, Goose Island opened in Chicago, Illinois, in 1988. John Hall was the visionary, and he was inspired by the beers he had tasted in travels across the country. He started the brewery with the notion that drinkers wanted to see their beer being made, so Goose Island began life as a brewpub. In 1995, a dedicated facility was built with a bottling plant to keep up with demand.

As mentioned, Goose Island are owned by ABInbev — 58% of the company was sold to ABInbev in 2011, with the other 42% slated to be sold as well. The reason why my state, North Carolina, as well as many other states recently…

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