Booze News: Goose Island Expanding to Goose Island?


From the desk of the OverServed Style & Brewing Editorā€¦

According to, Goose Island might actually inhabit Goose Island… the piece of land of the same name.

Rumor has it Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and local alderman Walter Burnett, Jr, have been chatting it up with Goose Island owner Anheuser-Busch about a possible expansion. Apparently it’s just “casual conversation,” but fingers crossed!

Sources within the Rahm Emanuel administration report that the mayor met with directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV in late May while they were in Chicago to pitch them on expanding the company’s Goose Island Beer Co. operations here. Real estate sources say, further, that the city is pressing the beer giant to take over a long-vacant site across the Chicago River from Goose Island.

Currently, AB facilities in New York and Colorado produce most of Goose Island’s big sellers as their Fulton Market’s 150,00 barrel brewery is at capacity. Hopefully, this expansion will allow Goose Island to work on more creative and specialty labels like their popular Bourbon County Brand Stout.
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(Photo from Goose Island Beer co.)