Geese Across The Pond

Well we couldn’t very well go to Chicago without a trip to Goose Island, could we?

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Wait a second, that’s not Chicago. We’re in London, the Chicago of Europe. Albeit minus all the rampant shootings. Well that got dark fast, so back to the beer instead of the social commentary.

Apparently after Anheuser-Busch acquired Goose Island they tried to go full Brew Dog with expansion into a few different ventures out here. They should have remembered that ‘You Never Go Full Brew-Dog’ (not that it’s an entirely bad thing, more on that in another post), and revamped and consolidated and revamped some more into this one delightful taste of Chicago nostalgia.

And speaking of ‘delightful taste’, yes they brought the poutine out of the Midwest. Yessss.

Digging the spot. It’s a neat blend of Chicago and London style with a number of subtle and not-so-subtle nods to both.

Case in point. Chicago level music scene call-out, with a spotlight on some fantastic Brit bands. Also that recipe up there sounds like a plan. Water + Malt + Hops + Yeast. Is great plan. Not at all like bad plan.

So on that note, on to the beer! They have an excellent mix of Goose Island staples and their own Brewpub concoctions, as well as a few local guest taps.

When we got here it was not quite breakfast time any more, which of course makes it beer o’clock, so it was only fitting that I start with the quite refreshing BrewPub Not Quite Breakfast cantaloupe gose. I did not regret this decision.

I probably couldn’t live in London as they don’t seem to be sufficiently into stouts and porters, and this is obviously a prerequisite for anywhere I’d live. That said I had to try the rare sighting of one in the Hammerton Crunch Peanut Butter Milk Stout. Not bad, but wasn’t quite feeling it.

But that’s okay. They have a few other options, so I suppose I can find it in me to pick another pint….Cheers Friends!

Anthony Buchanan

Anthony@BrewedHope.com

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