What’s been kicked:
The big news: Goose Island is moving half of its production of 312 to an Anheuser Busch brewery in upstate New York and Honkers Ale and India Pale Ale will now exclusively be brewed at Red Hook and Widmer facilities in New Hampshire and Washington.
I’m already sick of the “It’s not brewed in Chicago, it shouldn’t be called 312″ comments. Stop drinking it. There’s better beer out there. In fact, there’s much better Goose Island beer out there. To me, the most compelling facet of this development is that Goose Island is using its new ownership structure to externalize the production of a few standard, staple beers in order to make room in-house for brewing larger quantities of Belgian, sour, and extreme beers. This really throws a wrench into simplistic understandings of what “craft” beer really is, doesn’t it? [Read more...]