Read our coverage on Goose Island's arrival in Australia and the follow-up feature on the shifting frontiers of craft beer in Australia and the USA.
One of America's iconic breweries launches its first beer in Australia today with a series of bar shouts in Melbourne and Sydney.
Goose Island started out in Chicago nearly three decades ago and grew to become one of the biggest craft brewers in the country. The first beer to hit these shores is its Midway IPA, described as "a sessionable 4.1 percent IPA" and the newest beer from the Goose family.
It will be followed later in the year by the brewery's flagship IPA, with Goose Island's brewers working with the team at Cascade in Hobart to brew the beer locally.
Head brewer Jared Jankoski says: “Brewing locally gives a great freshness advantage, and with our ability to be directly and constantly involved with the brewing process we see this as the most ideal way to bring our beer to Australia. We have been involved every step of the way, giving direction on the brewing process and visiting the brewery to personally taste the beer for every trial.”
The first six venues tapping the beer are:
- Petersham Public House
- Newtown Hotel
- Keg & Brew
The Chicago Goose Island team will also be in Australia for a series of events during Good Beer Week and GABS.