Goose Island Beer Co. Migration Week comes to Tampa

home_page_migration_weekBeginning on March 29, Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago, Illinois) will declare Tampa, Florida an official Migration Week destination by hosting a series of events throughout the city.

Packed into a bus filled with delicious and elusive brews, several Goose Island brewers and representatives hit the road each year to enjoy a few brews with beer lovers during Migration Week.  Spending roughly a week in each location, this merry band of beer travelers hosts a series of can’t miss events in each city to promote beer culture through education and entertainment.

Although this year’s Migration Week schedule is loaded with international stops, the Goose Island crew has set aside some time to bring the party to Tampa from Wednesday, March 29 to Sunday, April 2.  The official list of 2017 Migration Week events in Tampa is as follows:

If you are in the area and looking for something to get into this week, believe me when I tell you that hanging out with the Goose Island crew is always good times.  All of the Tampa Migration Week events listed above are either free or ridiculously affordable, so call up your drinking buddies and make plans now to take part in one (or many) of these events later this week.  Prost!


Goose Island Beer Co. Releases 2016 Vintage of Madame Rose

madamroseheldGoose Island Beer Co. (Chicago, Illinois) recently announced that Madame Rose Belgian-style Wild Ale has officially returned to shelves for a limited time.

Affectionately dubbed one of the “Sour Sisters” (see video below), Madame Rose Belgian-style Wild Ale makes its annual return officially as an offering in Goose Island’s Vintage Series.  After a lengthy period aging on cherries in wine barrels and fermenting with wild yeast, this Wild Ale’s base of a Belgian-style Brown Ale takes on a crimson hue while gaining a beautiful level of tartness.  Madame Rose displays “layers of malty complexity, sour cherry, spice and wood notes,” making it the perfect offering to suggest to “Bordeaux enthusiasts and beer drinkers fond of Belgian Kriek and Flanders Brown Ales.”

Madame Rose Belgian-style Wild Ale can be found now and will be available through the month of November (while supplies last).  765 ml bottles of this limited release offering can be found at fine beer establishments in Florida and throughout Goose Island Beer Co.’s distribution area (sadly, this does not include Alabama because current laws prohibit the sale of beer in containers larger than 75o ml).  If you are a fan of Wild/Sour Ales, Madame Rose is certainly a must try. Get your hands on some while you can. Prost!

Vital Information on Madame Rose Belgian-style Wild Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Vintage Series, available late October through November
Style – Wild Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 25
Malts –  2-Row, Carapils, Chocolate, Special B & Wheat
Hops – Pilgrim
Treatment – Aged on cherries in wine barrels
Availability – 765 ml bottles