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Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 10: Goose Island Sixth Day

Today’s Advent beer pick is something old and something new from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewing Company: Sixth Day, which was formerly their Christmas Ale. This is a seasonal classic and each year the recipe changes; over the last several years the Christmas Ale has been getting stronger, culminating in this year’s Sixth Day which is 8.3% abv. At that strength this is effectively an Imperial Brown Ale, brewed in the English style, and should cellar … Continue reading →

Deschutes Brewery and the Class of ’88

Earlier this year I was chatting with Deschutes Brewery‘s Gary Fish about various beery things, and he had mentioned the “Class of ’88″ concept—those breweries along with Deschutes that started in 1988—and how they should all get together to commemorate 25 years of brewing in 2013. At the time, I figured it meant throwing a big “birthday” type party at the GABF or similar, but the news came out yesterday just what it is they … Continue reading →

Goose Island, Anheuser-Busch, and more.

The news that rocked the beer world today, that of Anheuser-Busch buying Chicago’s Goose Island Brewing, has (predictably) generated a ton of comments and I’m quite sure a mess of vitriol on the various craft beer forums. I prefer to take an even-handed approach to this news: let’s wait and see what happens. From a day-to-day standpoint for Goose Island, nothing changes except for some shifts amongst the brewers (interestingly, the new Brewmaster as of … Continue reading →

Christmas in July: Goose Island Christmas Ale

This past holiday season was the first year I remember seeing Goose Island Christmas Ale available here in Bend, and was also the first beer I picked for last year’s Advent Calendar—needless to say, it was one I knew I had to try (and had been wanting to for a while). Goose Island is old-school about their Winter Warmers: they change up the recipe every year. Every year to celebrate the holiday season, we brew … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2009: Day 1: Goose Island Christmas Ale

The beer I selected for this first day of December is Goose Island Christmas Ale, a classic Winter Warmer from Chicago. Goose Island proffers up their Christmas Ale in the traditional way: by tweaking the recipe each year. Every year to celebrate the holiday season, we brew up our Christmas Ale, and with each year we change the recipe slightly so that you have something special to look forward to. Traditionally, our Christmas Ale is … Continue reading →