Big shake up on the local beer scene: Goose Island Beer Co., responsible for the delicious (Bourbon Country Brand Stout) and the hugely popular (312 wheat ale) is being bought out by Anheuser-Busch.
The makers of Budweiser will pay a total of $38.8 million for the brewery on Fulton Street that sends its beers across the globe. Though jarring in an industry that prides itself on independence and creativity, the move isn’t completely unexpected. Anheuser-Busch has held a minority stake in the company since 2006, and been playing a role in distribution of the company’s beer.
Brewmaster Greg Hall, whose father John Hall started the brewery in 1988, will be stepping down and replaced by (the appropriately named) head brewer Brett Porter. Porter was previous head brewer of well-respected Oregon brewery Deschutes Brewery before coming to Goose last year.
I’m told Greg will announce his future plans in the next few weeks.
Goose’s two brew pubs in the city, on Clark Street and Clybourn Avenue, are not involved in the deal and will continue to be owned by John Hall and a group of partners.
I just got off the phone with John Hall, who is remaining as the company’s chief executive officer. He said Goose’s commitment to interesting and creative beer, like the recently released Pepe Nero (a black saison) or the upcoming Big John (a stout aged with cocoa nibs) will not change.
"They didn’t buy us to change what we’re doing," he said.
If AB was going to water down the product, “I wouldn’t have done it. I wouldn’t have worked 23 years to build what I have to (throw) it away in five minutes.”
Hall also issued a letter to Goose fans this morning on the company’s web site, touting the ability for “growth and innovation” as a result of the deal.
The Tuned Pale Ale’s bottles show a musical scale on its label. Drink it down to the note you want, blow on it and it will play it back. The pack itself becomes a drumming box and the bottles’ special washboard shape also serves as percussion source.
While the Tuned Pale Ale was manufactured in a small microbrew batch – to great success, according to designer Chris Mufalli – it’s no longer in production.
Ok, well if you could combine two of my favorite things in the world it would be anything fried and anything beer. And now, some brilliant Texan has done it! Someone has actually fried beer. These delicious little ravioli-like Guinness filled morsels will be available at the Texas state fair. So here is your assignment for the week, folks. Someone please! Recreate this for me.
Here’s the quick-and-dirty recipe:
1. Make little ravioli pockets of a “pretzel-like” dough.
2. Fill with beer.
3. Deep fry for around 20 seconds.
4. Marvel at the world, that such a thing as deep-fried beer exists.