Three decades ago, Boozist was still years away from being an idea in an AOL chat room. That’s how long ago John Hall founded Chicago’s best known brewery. To celebrate the achievement, the Goose Island 30th Anniversary beer takes it back to where the idea all began – London.
The limited edition, draft-only beer was made in collaboration with Fuller’s, whose London Pride was actually the inspiration for Honkers Ale way back in the day. Goose Island 30th Anniversary is an English-style pale ale, and if you haven’t tried one lately, definitely give this one a shot. They wanted to most exotic hop they could find and ended up with an experimental hop that actually tastes like oak. While barrel-aging is all the rage these days, it’s the first time we’ve ever gotten wood from a hop itself. That alone is worth the price of admission.
Goose Island 30th Anniversary Brewers Notes
Brewed to celebrate our 30th anniversary, and inspired by our roots of John Hall’s love of English beer, we have collaborated with one of the most respected breweries in the world, Fuller’s of London, to create this Pale Ale that combines styles from both sides of the Atlantic. It uses all English malt, and a bold American dry hop to make a unique beer that truly excites our brewing team.
The depth of flavor of biscuit and light caramel malt, joins a hop aroma that evokes oak and coconut, and tropical and citrus fruit. We wanted to deliver something special for our 30th Anniversary, paying respect to tradition, our past, and John’s original inspiration, and also looking forward with bold hop aromas and flavors that our brewers and U.S. craft beer drinkers love. We hope that you enjoy this special collaboration release as much as we do.
Goose Island 30th Anniversary Fun Facts
Since 1988, our mission has been to brew quality beers and bring people together in our hometown. So it should come as no surprise that Chicago is our beating heart. Investing in our people, our brewery and our hometown of Chicago is the true key to innovation. And we believe innovation is the true makeup of a damn good beer. We are incredibly proud to be celebrating 30 years, but we are even more proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the years in the city we love.
22,000,000: Investments & Improvements
750,000+: Donations to local charities, since 2015
75,000: People through the brewery in 2017
22,000: Brewery tours in 2017
546: Pounds of waste collected by #GreenGoose Crew in 2017
312 (DAY): Declared holiday to celebrate its city
250+: Local events we are hosting in 2018
185: Full-time employee, grown by more than 60% since 2011
100+: Beers brewed in a single year
36: Local breweries participating in our Annual Dodgeball Tournament with all sales benefiting the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild