Goose Island Beer Co to launch craft beer bar

12 December 2016

Giving us another (and probably better) type of Goose this Christmas, Chicago brewery Goose Island is set to open the UK's 'first American craft beer bar' in south London.

Opening on 16 December, The Vintage Ale House will serve a large range of barrel-aged Goose Island beers and food inspired by the beers' American-Midwest roots. Using hops grown and harvested at Elk Mountain farms in Idaho, beers available will include those aged in bourbon and wine barrels.

On the menu, Sofie, a 6.5% Belgian-style farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels infused with orange peel, and Matilda, a 7% Belgian-style pale ale inspired by the beer produced by Trappist monks. Others include Goose IPA, Honkers Ale, and 312 – all award-winning brews. There will also be a select list of wines, soft drinks and spirits.

'The Vintage Ale House will be a great focal point for Goose Island in London – a spiritual home for beer lovers to immerse themselves in our brewing history and tradition without the need to travel all the way to Chicago,' said Goose Island Co founder, John Hall. 'We wanted to create a venue for the community, full of flavour, and one that would become firmly rooted in the routines of city life. And I think we have succeeded.

'We have spent the best part of 30 years honing our craft and now is the time to bring that craft to the UK – we are truly excited to share what we have created.'

The Balham bar will be the brewery's first venue this side of the pond.

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