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The Chicago Brewery Goose Island is a world-master at barrel ageing beer, they were one of the first of the modern breweries to do so. Take Madame Rose. This is a Belgian ale brewed in the Flanders Oud Bruin style. It has been aged in barrels and then bathes in a ton of cherries. The cherries are apparent on the nose but take a sip, and the surprisingly lively liquid has a vinegary bite and a depth of flavour that bounces around the mouth like popping candy. An exceptional beer indeed.
Great breweries start with a clear vision. Founder John Hall’s was to bring the best of European beer styles to Chicago. Since its modest beginnings in a brewpub in 1988, Goose Island went on to make some of America’s greatest beer, including Goose IPA that won medals not just once, but six times at the Great American Beer Festival.