Tag Archives: #beerstory

Goose Island Clybourn

Goose Island Clybourn brewpub is where the Goose Island Beer Co. story begins, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1988. The brewery is named after Goose Island, a.k.a. Silicon Island, a 160-acre artificial island in the middle of the Chicago River.

After partnering with Craft Brew Alliance’s Widmer Brothers Brewing in 2006, founder John Hall sold his controlling stake in Goose Island to AB InBev in 2011. While Goose Island can no longer market their wares as craft beer (since brewing major ABI owns more than 25%), the brewpubs (there’s a second one in Wriglyville) were not part of the deal and remain independent. Either way they make pretty darn good beer, craft or otherwise.

On deck we have an excellent seasonal pumpkin beer – enjoy it while it lasts! CHEERS!

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Rock Bottom Brewery Chicago

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Rock Bottom Brewery is but one esteemed brand in the stable of CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries – a brewing behemoth formed by the acquisition of Rock Bottom Brewery and Gordon Biersch by private equity investors Centerbridge Partners in 2010. Together they run more brewpubs than any other company in America – 70 in all around the country!

Rock Bottom is known historically for granting on site brewers independence and discretion to brew the beers they want to brew for local tastes. But the times, they are ‘a changin’! RB’s corporate overlords mandates half a dozen or so standard house beers that each location must produce in addition to honoring the long standing tradition of experimentation and localization.

So why are they called Rock Bottom? It has nothing to do with that feeling Monday morning after a weekend of willful liver augmentation. Rather, the brewery’s first location opened in the Denver, Colorado, Prudential Building (Prudential, a.k.a., “The Rock”) in 1991. The rest is beer history!

Beer flight ready for takeoff! On deck we have Lake Shore Drive Lager, Chicago Gold Ale (brewed with Cascade and Centennial hops), Red Line Express Red Ale, Liquid X Hefe, Autumn-atic IPA (Equinox hops), and Happy Camper Porter. CHEERS!

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Long Trail Brewing Company

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Long Trail Brewing Company was founded by Andy Pherson as Mountain Brewing in 1989 in the old Bridgewater Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. In 1995 Long Trail moved down the road to their current production facility while blazing another trail…in green brewing, employing an ECO (Environmentally Conscious Operations) Brew process. Named after the 272-mile Long Trail which runs the length of the Green Mountain State, flagship Long Trail Ale (a German Altbier) is the number one selling craft beer in Vermont! Long Trail Brewing, owned by private equity investors since 2006, merged with Otter Creek Brewing / Wolavers Organic Brewing in 2010 and bought The Shed Brewery in 2011. We love LTB’s Vermont pride, farm fresh brewpub fare (try the hot wings!) and ridiculously good beer (especially after a few runs down the mountain!). And on a hot summer day, nothing beat wading into the Ottauquechee River with a nice cold one!

Beermaking (observation) in progress!

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Beer flight on deck = Harvest Ale, Summer Ale, Long Trail Ale, IPA, Double Bag IPA and Limbo IPA. Cheers!

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And because one beer flight is never enough at Long Trail, we are trying the Berliner Weisse, Mostly Cloudy Belgian Witbier, Imperial Pumpkin (8% ABV) and Pumpkin Ale – it’s that time of year again!

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Our trip to Long Trail would not be complete without a few roadies! Back up the truck…

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Back in the day, Long Trail used recycled Beck’s and St. Pauli Girl bottles in production. They’ve come a long way baby!

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This is where they ferment the beer at Long Trail!

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Take a hike in the Ottauquechee River at Long Trail!

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Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ninkasi Brewing Company

Ninkasi Brewing Company – what an incredible experience! Ninkasi of course is the ancient Sumerian Goddess of Fermentation. We all knew that, right?!

Ninkasi Brewing was founded much later, in 2006, after Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd met at a local Eugene, Oregon bottle shop and pondered, “What would you do if you could open your own brewery?” How relatable! Thank you fine sirs for bringing such wonderful beer into the world and emphasizing the origin and symbiosis of beer and civilization! Ninkasi Brewing Company is a must stop on the Oregon Beer Trail!

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Beer time at Ninkasi Brewing! Total Domination IPA (their first brew and still a winner), Oatis (Oatmeal Stout), Quantum (Pale Ale), Tripel (Belgian Style Tripel Ale), Maiden the Shade (summer style IPA), Dawn of the Red (India Red Ale), Tricerahops (Double IPA), Wunderbier (Kolsch), Vanilla Oatis and last but not least Boss Hopp IPA. This. Is. Awesome.

Beer flight at Ninkasi Brewing – who could ask for anything more?

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Ninkasi Brewing produced these marvellous gates in their own on premise metal shop. They’re so awesome that Sierra Nevada Brewing Company commissioned Ninkasi to manufacture new gates for their brewery down in Chico, California!

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Here is one of the centrifuges at Ninkasi Brewing!

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We’ve always wondered how Ninkasi Brewing cleans all their old kegs – this here machine does just that all day long!

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We highly recommend the free brewery tour at Ninkasi Brewing!

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Ninkasi Brewing’s Eugene brewhouse is a true work of beer art in itself!

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