Chicago, Goose Island & the Party Bus

After arriving in Chicago, the conference pre-function got rolling with a ride on the CTA Red Line train (and a bit of a walk) to Goose Island Brewery’s Clybourn pub. We were treated to a five course meal that featured sour ales and custom paired foods.

Goose Island Brewery was purchased by AB/InBev for $38.8 million back in March of 2011 but the staff says little has changed in the brewery or the pubs so far, other than the departure of Brewmaster Greg Hall and the appointment of Brett Porter to that role in May, 2011. Known as the pioneer of cask conditioned beers, Goose Island Brewery has been a major contributor to the success of the craft beer market since it opened in 1988.

Brewmaster Brett Porter discusses brewing techniques as we enjoy our meal

We ate a delightful meal accompanied by sour ales Sophie, Lolita, Juliet, Matilda and Madam Rose, and then went downstairs to check out the brewhouse.

The evening was still young and we hopped on our pub crawl transportation for the evening – The Party Bus. This allowed us to visit three popular Chicago area brewpubs; Piece Brewery and Pizzeria (the Wingnut was pretty good), The Haymarket (the Blacksox Porter was my choice), and Revolution (if you go there, you must try Eugene – a porter that was one of the best beers I had at the conference).

When we finished, the bus brought us back to the hotel at a reasonable hour, but some of the group kept things going well into the morning.What happens in Chicago, stays in Chicago.

Bloggers having a Twitter-free conversation at The Haymarket and Revolution pubs!

Links back to other conference pages

– Chicago, Goose Island and the Party Bus!!!
– Road Trip, Lafayette Brewery
– Garrett Oliver & the Pub Crawl
– Leinenkugel, Spiegelau, Indiana Microbrewers Festival, World Class Beers Tour & Night of Many Bottles– Blogging:Next Steps & Randy Mosher


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