Goose Island Beer Company is to open its first ever European Brewpub, in Shoreditch, London, on Wednesday, November 21.
Inspired by its much beloved sister Brewpub in Chicago, the Shoreditch version will bring to the UK previously unavailable Goose Island brews, like Old Man Grumpy (5.8% ABV), Fog Bowl (7.2%) and Next Coast (7.2% ABV). These will be alongside its highly sought-after Bourbon County Stout (14.1% ABV), award-winning range and local collaboration beers.
Also available will be a Chicago-inspired menu, featuring a unique pizza selection, subs and classic American favourites like wings and pretzel bites, with beer cheese sauce to match.
Not satisfied by just serving great beer, Goose Island will also mark the Shoreditch Brewpub’s grand opening with live music and free pizzas throughout the night. Ongoing programming at the Brewpub will include both indie and headliner live acoustic and DJ acts, one-off microbrews, tap takeovers, and brewery tours.
Microbrews being made on site
Heading up the Brewpub will be Goose Island’s Siebel Institute certified UK brewmaster, Andrew Walton, who returns to London following a month-long immersion in Chicago where he learned all the Goose tricks of the trade.
Responsible for the creation of microbrews made on site, Andrew will also be the first in Europe to manage the Rack AeriAle system, an innovative nitrogen draught dispense system that connects barrel-aged beers directly to the pub’s tap system without the risk of oxidisation.
Andrew said: “I cannot wait for the doors of the Shoreditch Brewpub to open and am so stoked for Goose Island fans and fans-to-be to see what we have in store. I’ve been working on some crazy delicious microbrews that’ll be available exclusively at our Shoreditch Brewpub.
“I know London has always held a special place in Goose Island’s history, and I can’t wait for us to make our mark on British beer culture, creating a new experience in the heart of East London, where foodies, beer drinkers and music lovers alike can join together in appreciation of a good time — and great beer.”
• London artist Jess Wilson has been tapped to create ten bespoke 1m high Goose Island heads that have been hidden around Shoreditch. The first 200 people to spot a Goose head, snap a photo, tag @GooseShoreditch on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, and show it to a member of staff at the Brewpub, will enjoy a beer, compliments of Goose Island!