Goose Island Beer Co. put down its roots as a popular Chicago staple. The brewery takes its act on the road when it heads to Milwaukee for a full slate of events centered around Migration Week.
Goose Island Beer Co. is a conundrum for many craft beer lovers, myself included. There’s that whole “owned by AB InBev” thing, and frankly I’m not the biggest fan of all of the brewery’s regular offerings. But when it comes to specialty beers, Goose Island has gained plenty of well-deserved respect thanks to a history of making some world-class brews. And beer aficionados owe them a huge debt of gratitude for creating the early Bourbon County stouts which became the foundation for barrel-aged brews around the world.
Milwaukee gets a chance to sample some of Goose’s finest this week during Migration Week, which includes events all around town featuring limited Goose Island brews. If you like rarities and Bourbon County, you’ll have plenty of chances to try some this week.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
Brewer Di Rodriguez comes to Draft & Vessel (4417 N. Oakland Ave.) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and she’s bringing some rarities with her including Bourbon County Vanilla Rye, Regal Rye and Grand Prestige Barrel-Aged Quad. Those are three amazing options.
The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) hosts a Flash Flock at 9 p.m. The reason to go? 2016 Bourbon County Proprietors. Don’t be late or it will be gone.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Bavette La Boucherie (330 E. Menomonee St.) hosts a beer and cheese class from 5 to 6 p.m. Di Rodriguez is on hand to pair beers with cheese and charcuterie.
Tess (2499 N. Bartlett Ave.) excels at beer dinners. The Chicago Meets Milwaukee beer dinner features four courses and paired with three of the “sisters”—Madame Rose, Matilda and Sofie ales and The Cooper Project Scotch Ale. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Cost is just $35 and reservations can be made by calling 414-964-8377.
Friday, Sept. 29
Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln Ave.) becomes a Chicago pop-up bar. There will be deals on 312 Wheat Ale and Goose Island IPA cans (if you’re into that sort of thing), but the real reason to come is to sip on the delicious Halia Saison and to meet Radio Milwaukee DJ Marcus Doucette. Whether you want to enhance the Chicago bar experience by ripping shots of Malört or singing that painful Go Cubs Go song is up to you.
Saturday, Sept. 30
Volunteer with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful to plant native grasses at the Lynden Hill Urban Tree House (2201 W. McKinley Ave.) starting at 9:30 a.m. The reward, besides simply being a good person, is beverages and food at Rumpus Room (1030 N. Water St.) at 1:30 p.m. A grant by Goose Island Beer Company is to thank for the event.
Romans’ Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) is tapping a Gillian Saison, Cascara Grisette Saison and, oh yeah, a 2015 Bourbon County Coffee Stout. The fun starts at 7 p.m., and the Bourbon County gets tapped at 9 p.m. It won’t last long.
Sunday, Oct. 1
Migration ends with a charity brunch at Victory Garden Initiative Urban Farm (220 E. Concordia Ave.) at 11:30 a.m. Chicago’s Bang Bang Pie Shop, which makes some amazing biscuits, provides the food. Wash it down with Sofie Saison and even Sofiemosas.