Goose Island Brewing Company spent a week in Portland, Maine and brought some awesomely rare beers with them. Sales reps, brand ambassadors, and even the head brewer Jared Jankoski hosted tap takeovers, heavy beer tastings, and Goose Island featured pub-crawls.
The guys at Goose Island are about half way through their 30 city tour of their Migration Week. Check out what everyone’s been enjoying by following #MigrationWeek on Instagram and Twitter.
Starting on Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 Goose Island attacked Portland, Maine with their bourbon barreled aged stouts, delightfully sour saisons, and liquid rarities that Maine hasn’t seen before. They started this escapade at RSVP with a beer tasting of a few of their bottles. The went straight from there to The Great Lost Bear for a tap takeover including Bourbon County Stout (BCS) Barleywine, BCS Coffee, Sophie, and more. I sat down with head Brewer Jared Jankoski and talked about migration week and other interesting stories.
Jared told me about Goose Island’s 6,000 barrels that they use for aging beers. They plan on having possibly 20,000 barrels in 5 years through expansions and additions over that period of time.
Goose Island brought rare Bourbon County Stouts to the Bier Cellar for a tasting event on Wednesday afternoon. They were pouring rare vanilla, cherry, and coffee styles with vintages going back to 2012. Each were delicious.
Following that was an event at Slab in downtown Portland. They had a takeover with half the tap list being beers that Maine’s (nor most of the country) has ever seen. Beers like Kisetsu, Gillian, and Naughty Goose. Kisetsu is a sake saison that was one of my favorites of the night. They were even pouring some proprietors BCS that was mede with toasted coconut.
Goose Island finished their Portland escapades with a pub-crawl on Thursday evening. They split up into two factions and tackled 7 bars and finished at Shay’s. They visited Siano’s, Little Tap House, Pat’s Pizza, RIRA, Sunny’s, Nosh, and LFK. They brough rare bottles along the way to show the crowds what Goose Island was capable of.
Overall I haven’t had many experiences with Goose Island’s beers before this week. The most I’ve tried was Sophie, 312 pale, IPA, Lolita, and a few variations of Bourbon County Stout. Next week they head to Minneapolis, MI where they do it all over again.