One of the greater things about watching football in America is that most matches, especially those of the EPL, are early in the morning American time, giving people an excuse to day drink. This is part of our series discussing exactly what to drink when you’re at the pub, presented by our resident homebrewer, Keith
The Beer: Goose Island Mild, Goose Island Brewing Company, Chicago, Illinois
The Pub: The Owl Farm, on 9th Street and 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
The Story: Goose Island was founded on the North Side of Chicago in 1988. Founder John Hall was the pioneer of the “on-premises” brewpub that we’ve become accustomed to in the hearts of many cities across the nation (think Heartland or Birreria in New York, Triumph in Philly, Cap City and District Chophouse in DC).
The brewpub concept eventually became so popular that Hall opened a second in 1999 right by Wrigley Field, and the brewery went on to expand nationwide at such a pace that Anheuser-Busch bought them in 2011. While owned by a macro, Goose Island still gets to do pretty much whatever they want, just with a lot more muscle behind them. Their standby hefeweizen, 312, and their IPA have become national fixtures, and that’s to the good of craft drinkers everywhere.
We’ve covered Mild ales before in this here column. They’re the precursor to the standard brown ale, and typically trend a little, well, milder and maltier than their modernized cousins.
The Taste: Pours a clear light brown with a midsized eggshell head. Slate factors heavy on the aroma. A very steely tasting beer. Mostly nutty and mineral flavors. Slight kick of hop snap on the finish, with a lingering hazelnut aftertaste.
The Verdict: A very solid mild indeed. Combines the best parts of lighter English Ales with subtle flavors that you would come to expect. It’s very crisp, and very balanced. A pretty hearty recommend.