I wasn’t planning to but thought I should try another Goose Island beer given I was visiting Chicago, the erstwhile (provenance 1988/1995) brewery’s home.
Goose Island of course was one of the first U.S. big craft offerings to get bought up and go macro, but I didn’t see any resistance across the city – except in the quite boutique bottle shops. These were frustrating to shop in thanks to Illinois’ liquor laws – you can’t split four and six-packs of most beers, meaning there’s no mixed sixers as are so common in Australia and elsewhere.
I wandered into a pub with prominent real estate on a warm 28 degree day and chose the pilsner.
To sum up before detailing, this is a very decent lager. It had “limited release” last year, playing the scarcity drawcard, but seems to be everywhere in autumn 2016. The aroma is lemony spice, all hops. It looks a clear straw with ruffling waves of tight bubbles, not too fizzy but ongoing retention. A medium-thin texture presents lovely, smooth but subdued grainy flavour puckering into a dry zesty finish.
The yeast is keeping everything under control here. It’s a restrained, tight beer; drinkable lemon/lime scone flavour with a sour juice chaser.
I drank this 4.8% ABV draught beer at the Wicker Park Tavern, Wicker Park, Chicago, Illinois. It’s a fairly staid sports bar on a busy corner. I counted ten televisions, each at least about a metre wide, all showing sport. So. Much. Sport. The music was horrible. Somehow though, perhaps because of the warm weather and quiet time of day, it still had a good vibe.