January 09, 2014

Spend a day with Goose Islands sisters

In case you've missed the news on Facebook, coming up towards the end of the month The Foundry will be hosting a beer tasting event that is not to be missed. On Sunday, January 26th, there will be a beer and cheese pairing that will feature all four of the "sisters" from Goose Island: Juliet, Lolita, Gillian, and Halia. And, as a special treat, Bourbon County Stout will be paired with dessert. Seating will be EXTREMELY limited, so call NOW at 816-960-0866 to get reserve your spot... if there are any left! It will be worth every penny of $45.

Now you may be asking yourself, "hey, what are the Goose Island sisters?" Well first, it's totally normal to ask yourself questions, I do it all the time. Secondly, oh boy oh boy oh boy, these are some mighty fine brews.

Let's start with the two that have been around the longest. Juliet and Lolita are both "wild ales," and these ladies are sour, in the best possible way. Both aged in wine barrels, Juliet has blackberries added to the aging while Lolita has raspberries. The fruit gives each of these a touch of sweetness and the barrel aging and wild yeast bring the sour and wine-like tannins and dang I'm getting thirsty. These will pucker you up and you're going to love every second of it.

The two newcomers, Halia and Gillian, are both Belgian style farmhouse ales, but will still have some tartness to them. Halia is aged in wine barrels with peaches, sweet and tart. Gillian is only partially aged in wine barrels and has strawberry, white pepper, and honey. There's still going to be a tart tinge, but it'll be a little more subdued. These two sisters are the blondes and their older siblings are the redheads. Dangerously beautiful, all of them.

Then there's the granddaddy, Bourbon County Stout. This one's been around for a while, and packs a punch. Aged in bourbon barrels, this dark, rich, deep beer is going to be perfect for wrapping up the tasting (get will get you ready to be tucked into bed). It's chocolate and bourbon and so so delicious.

This might be the only place you'll find all five beers in one spot at the same time, unless you were lucky enough to snatch up bottles when they were on the shelves. If you weren't able to get any, don't miss out on one more chance to try them! This will be in the the plot room (the room between McCoy's and The Foundry), so this will be an intimate little pairing. We're looking forward to seeing you on the 26th!

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