Brown Goose Gets the Gold
Nov 22, 2005 - Goose Island Beer Co. captured Champion Beer at the Festival of Wood and Barrel-aged Beer in Chicago, winning with Imperial Brown Goose.
More than 500 beer drinkers sampled nearly 70 different beer from 31 breweries in the third annual festival, held at Goose Island's Wrigelyville brewpub. Breweries from 13 states sent beers to the festival/competition.
"We just came down (from Michigan) to enjoy the event," said John Haggerty from New Holland Brewing, which won two gold medals and Best of Show Runner-up award for Barrel-aged Mad Hatter. "We are thrilled to do so well."
Judges evaluated 68 different wood-aged beers in eight categories.
The festival spotlights beer aged with the intention of imparting the particularly unique character of wood and/or what has previously been in a barrel. Ultimately, a balance of flavor, aroma and mouthfeel are sought with the marriage of beer, wood and/or barrel characteristics. "There are still a lot of stouts and barley wines," said festival organizer Jeff Sparrow, "but experimental beer was the largest category this year.
"The U. S. craft brewer has returned to one of the roots of brewing [wood] while still demonstrating creativity unmatched anywhere in the world," said Sparrow.
Classic Porter/Stout Strong Porter/Stout Barleywine Classic Styles Strong/Double/Imperial Pale Beer Strong/Double/Imperial Dark Beer Experimental Beer Wild Beer
Strong/Double/Imperial Pale Beer
Strong/Double/Imperial Dark Beer