April 21st 6:00pm
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.
Goose Island's arrival in Australia follows that of a number of other high profile and trailblazing US breweries. But its partnership with CUB, due to both sharing the same parent company, AB InBev, puts it in a unique position compared to its American peers.
Look out for a series of articles in the coming weeks and months on The Crafty Pint looking at Goose Island's arrival here, the development of craft beer in the States and how it relates to our local industry, the Chicago brewery's epic barrel program, how craft brewers there have penetrated into areas Australians struggle with, such as major sporting stadia, and more.