Goose Island Beer Company Beer Dinner (Glowbal) – June 6th, 2017


One June 6th, 2017 I was invited out to an invite only beer dinner with Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago that was held at Glowbal restaurant in Vancouver.  This was my first time actually dining at Glowbal.  To start the night off samples of Four Star Pils were served to guests.

The dinner was hosted by the brand new Head Brewer for Goose Island Toronto Brewhouse Bernard Priest and the Executive Chef Kyle Dampsy.

This is a fine dining restaurant and the room for the dinner was decorated to match the occasion.  To start the night they brought up both Bernard Priest and Kyle Dampsy to discuss the beer and then the food.  Once the talking had finished the started to serve the first course.

First Course
Amuse Bouche
Foie Gras Sable Cookie with Strawberry Gelee Se Salt
Paired with Gillian 2016

It was nice to start dinner off with what would almost be considered a desert.  The cookie was really tasty and the sweet strawberry topping really paired nicely with the sour strawberry farmhouse ale.  Sweet and sour counteract each other really nicely.

Second Course
Parmesan Fried Chicken
Parmesan Fried Chicken, Corn Puree, Compressed Watermelon, Pickled Watermelon Rind
Paired with 312 Urban Wheat Ale

The fried chicken in the Parmesan breading was amazingly flavorful with a nice little zing. I wouldn’t say that the chicken paired perfectly with the wheat ale but the Watermelon sure did.

Course Three
Flank Steak
Yucatan Style Flank Steak, Mushroom Polenta, Roja Sauce, Cilantro.
Paired with Sofie 2017

Who can take what is considered a poor cut of beef and make it amazing?  Holy hell can this chef!  The BBQ sauce has a big pepper spice and goes well with the peppery saison.  The flank steak was rare and cooked amazingly well.  I don’t know a ton about Polenta but this mushroom version was really great.  The hint of earthy mushroom really worked with the saison.

Fourth Course
BBQ Pork Ribs
BBQ Pork Ribs, Celery Seed Brined Coleslaw, Jalapeno Corn Bread.
Paired with Goose Honkers Ale

The flank steak was great but this may have been better.  I am still undecided and I may need to try both again to find out haha.  The rib sauce had a mild sweetness that really melded well with the honkers ale.  This is not my favourite beer from Goose Island but with this dish it really worked.  I have never had a brined coleslaw but after having one I don’t know how I have eaten it any other way.  I love the kick that it gives.  The final touch of the jalapanjo corn bread just rounded it out with a nice mild spice to contract the sweetness of the BBQ sauce and the beer.

Course Five
Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake with Goose Island IPA glaze.
Paired with Goose IPA

This desert lived up to the rest of the meal but even I was getting full.  The carrot cake was not super sweet and the glaze was really nice.  With Goose IPA being a malt forward English style IPA it really worked well with this pairing.

This was definitely a great beer dinner and I would like to thank Goose Island Beer Company and Labatt for inviting me out to share the evening with them.

Goose Island Beer Co
http://www.gooseisland.com

Glowbal
http://www.glowbalgroup.com/glowbal

As a nice little thank you to people that attended the dinner they gave us a bottle of Gillian 2016 Vintage a beer that is not sold in Canada.

 

Goose Island Beer Co Migration Week 2016 – BierCraft Cambie


Goose Island Brewing in Chicago is now in their second year of Migration to Canada (Check out last year’s event).  On Tuesday May 24th 2016 Goose Island held their second Migration Week event in Vancouver.  This year the event was held at BierCraft at their Cambie Location.

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This hoppy hour event started at 5pm for a small group of local bloggers, industry people and beer media.  This was a closed education event to inform us of 4 of their special barrel aged sour beers.  The beers included Lolita, Halia, Juliet and the highly sought Madame Rose.  When we arrived we were given a pint of Goose IPA to settle in.

Like I said all 4 sour beers are highly sought after barrel aged beers using wild yeasts.  Each of the 4 sours came with a in depth explanation of what kind of barrels were used (usually wine barrels that are treated to make sure now wine is left), what wild yeasts they use an what they add for flavour.  Three of the beers use only one wild yeast but one used 7 different yeasts or bacteria.  Lolita is a Belgian Style Pale Ale that is aged with raspberries.  Halia is a Farmhouse Ale aged with whole peaches.  Juliet is a beer aged with blackberries.  Madame Rose is a different animal all together and the most complex beer that Goose Island Brewing makes.  This beer is a Flanders Brown Ale aged with cherries using 7 different wild yeasts and bacteria that has to be aged from 1.5 years to 3 years.  All of these beers were great but Madame Rose was next level good.

On top of the education on this beer we were informed how rare these beers were.  Especially true for the Madame Rose.  Sadly these beers are not available in Canada and this event and other Migration Week events were the only way to try them on tap (or bottle) in Canada.  These are also very expensive beers from what I have gathered.  Once 7pm rolled around the event was opened up to more industry people.  At that time the amount of beer available increased.  on tap included the 4 sours Lolita, Halia, Madame Rose and Juliet.  On top of those though there was Bourbon County Brand Stout, Goose IPA, Honkers Ale, Four Star Pils, Goose 312 as well as The Illinois a Double IPA.  This is a great introduction into what Goose Island has to offer.  They have their standard fare made by their parent company with their barrel aged beers only brewed and barrel aged in Chicago.  There was also some amazing food to pair with their great beer including pulled pork and duck tacos, cheese, vegi pakoras and a tasty vegan friendly option I don’t remember.

Goose Island beer is becoming for prominent in Canada and it is well worth picking up.  The more beer we drink the better chance this high end rare barrel aged beers make it to the Great White North.  Fingers crossed everyone can drink these beers sooner than later!

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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine 2015 – Goose Island Beer Company


Over the last few years I have been able to try Goose Island Beer Co’s Bourbon County Brand Stout.  The Bourbon County Brand Stout is an amazing Imperial Stout but I have finally been able to try this Chicago breweries “Bourbon County Brand Barleywine” 2015 vintage.  The beer pours a deep brownish red with a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, molasses, caramel,  candied sugar, sweet vanilla and some wood from the barrel aging.  The flavour is of plums, dark fruits, molasses, caramel, candied sugar, toffee, vanilla, wood and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 12.9% with an IBU of 60.  Much like the Stout the Barleywine is epic with tons of amazing flavour and if you can find a bottle buy it and drink it!

Commercial Description:  Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging.

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Matilda 2015 – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Matilda” 2015 a Belgian Style Pale Ale barrel aged with Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of big fruit notes like lemon, yeast, caramel and some floral hops. The flavour is of very juicy fruit notes of lemon and oranges, yeast, coriander, spices, grassy, citrus rind, mild bitterness with a hint of funk in the finish. The beer has an alcohol content of 7% and an IBU Of 26. This is a really good beer!

Commercial Description:  Inspired by great Trappist ales, our complex Belgian Style Pale Ale is fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden sunrise color with dried fruit and clove aromas, a spicy yeast flavor, and a satisfying dry finish.
According to legend, a grateful Countess Matilda founded a monastery where, over centuries, monks have been brewing ale unique in character. While in Belgium, we were inspired by the story and the monks’ beer. We returned to Chicago and brewed our homage – a Belgian Style Pale Ale named Matilda.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Matilda pairs with many foods. Its spicy yeast flavors complement fresh mussels and contrast rich pork belly.
 Camembert, Washed Rind Cheeses.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout 2013 – Goose Island Beer Company (Aged 1 Year+)


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their highly sought after “Bourbon County Brand Stout”.  This beer has been aged in bourbon barrels and bottled on November 8th, 2013.  Don’t let the fact that AB InBev purchased this brewery in 2011 keep you away from this brew as it would be a serious mistake.  The beer pours a opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, roasted malts, sweetness and alcohol.  The flavour is of toffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, tobacco, maybe some leather, raisins, sweetness and lots of alcohol warmth.  The beer comes in at a huge 14.9% alcohol (yes you heard that correctly) with an IBU of 60.  This is no tame stout and one bottle is probably enough to get you going!  I would say this is one of the best stouts that I have every consumed and I have had many stouts.

Commercial Description:  Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.

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