Goose Island Migrates to Portland This Week

Goose Island Migration Week

Join the flock from Goose Island Beer Company, and help them kick off their Migration Week here in Portland beginning tonight, August 12th and running through Saturday, August 16th. Enjoy many of their specialty beers while you talk to their brewers and brewery specialists who had a hand in the making some of these highly sought after beers. Many of these beers have never even been poured here in Portland before this week.

The Portland establishments that will be part of this Migration includes Portland Penny Diner, John’s Market, Belmont Station, Produce Row Cafe, N.W.I.P.A., Mainstreet Homebrew Supply, and Cheerful Bullpen.Goose Island Class of '88 Belgian Style Ale

Having been born and raised in Illinois one of my first craft beer experiences was with one of Chicago’s first craft brewers, Goose Island Beer Company. Now in their 26th year, John Hall founded Goose Island when he opened up their first pub location in 1988 just north of the Chicago’s infamous Cabrini Green project. During this time the area was not all rosy as the neighborhood has now become through its gentrification.

Over the years Goose Island has produced some of the highest rated and sought after beers in the marketplace. It was in Chicago where the process of barrel aging beers in former spirit barrels took shape. To date its difficult to find a better barrel-aged bottle of beer that is somewhat readily available in the market place than Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout.

Goose Island Wine Barrel Warehouse

From their barrel-aging program they began to invest their resources into a new wild ale program that has now truly taken shape. Goose Island’s Vintage Ale series that began with Matilda now includes so many other different Belgian inspired ales such as Madame Rose and Lolita.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout wiht Chicago SkylineYears later as the craft beer market continues to gain more market share some of the larger players have been or will be gobbled up by the big boys. In 2011, Goose Island was part of an acquisition from Anheuser-Busch InBev. This is when some in the craft beer community began to shun this brand. Not sure if some of this is pure jealousy that this brewery has been extremely successful or that its just from the larger corporation as owners angle.

Since the purchase from AB InBev, Goose Island has massively expanded its barrel-aging program to encompass 143,000 square feet warehouse. This massive space will still not meet current demand for these beers but along with they have created many new jobs. Goose Island’s current Brewmaster is Brett Porter, former Head Brewer at Deschutes Brewery. From our angle it still looks as if Goose Island wants to be a dominant player in the craft beer industry.

Regardless of your opinion of Goose Island, they are bringing some of their most rare beers to Portland for their Migration Week.

Here is a list of the seven events taking place in the Portland area.

Tuesday, August 12th
Migration Kick Off Event
Hotel Lucia/Portland Penny Diner
400 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
7:00 to 9:00pm

Beer List:

  • Sofie Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale
  • Matilda Belgian-Style Pale Ale
  • Juliet Belgian-Style Wild Ale
  • Gillian Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale
  • The Ogden Belgian Triple
  • Class of ’88 (Collaboration with Deschutes)
  • IPA
  • 312 Urban Wheat
  • 312 Urban Pale Ale

Wednesday, August 13th
Off Premise Goose Island Sampling
John’s Market
3535 SW Multnomah Blvd
Portland, OR 97219
4:00 to 7:00pm

Beer List:

  • Bourbon County Coffee 2012
  • Halia 2013 Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale
  • Lolita 2010 Belgian-Style Wild Ale
  • Juliet 2010 Belgian-Style Wild Ale
  • Juliet 2012 Belgian-Style Wild Ale
  • Class of ’88 (Collaboration with Deschutes)

Wednesday, August 13th
Goose Island Migration Invasion “Tap Takeover”
Belmont Station
4500 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97215
5:00 to 9:00pm

Beer List:

  • Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s 2013
  • Bourbon County Stout 2013
  • Bourbon County Stout Backyard Rye Barrel
  • Sofie Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale
  • Matilda Belgian-Style Pale Ale
  • Juliet Belgian-Style Wild Ale
  • Devon Ave. Pale Ale
  • Class of ’88 (Collaboration with Deschutes)

Thursday, August 14th
Bourbon County Event
Produce Row
204 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214
4:00 to 7:00pm

Beer List:

  • King Henry Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine
  • Bourbon County Brand Stout 2009
  • Bourbon County Vanilla 2010

Thursday, August 14th
Goose Island “Tap Takeover”
6350 SE Foster Road
Portland, OR
6:00 to 9:00pm

During this Goose Island Tap Takeover there will be snack pairings provided by Ryan Gaul of Southpark Seafood Grill.

Beer List:

  • Bourbon County Coffee 2012
  • Bourbon County Coffee 2013
  • Lolita Belgian Style Wild Ale
  • The Ogden Belgian Triple
  • Devon Ave. Pale Ale
  • IPA

Friday, August 15th
Homebrew Club Event
Main Street Homebrew Supply Co
23596 NW Clara Lane
Hillsboro, OR
7:00 to 10:00pm

Beer List:

  • Bourbon County Brand Stout 2012
  • Bourbon County Coffee 2012
  • Bourbon County Barleywine 2013
  • Sofie Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale
  • Devon Ave. Pale Ale
  • Class of ’88 (Collaboration with Deschutes)

Saturday, August 16th
Wild Goose Chase
Cheerful Bullpen
1730 SW Taylor St.
Portland, OR 97205
Noon to 5:00PM

The Wild Goose Chase takes place around Portland while you hunt for five Golden Eggs hidden in mystery locations around the city. You have to solve trivia, puzzles, questions, and complete challenges to find their locations, but be careful, not all clues lead to the Golden Eggs!

The chase will start at the Goose Nest, the Cheerful Bullpen. Receive a clue sheet and get started on your adventure! Please note that you can run, walk, and skip to locations – no vehicle or bike transportation is permitted. However, you will need a smart phone with a QR Reader to complete the Wild Goose Chase.

Clues will then lead you on your way to challenges, detours, and brainiac puzzles (it never hurts to know a lot about Goose Island…hint, hint)

How do you win? Work your way through the city, the challenges, and the puzzles to find five Golden Eggs.

Register here for a discounted rate of $25 per team of two thru August 15th or here for the full price package at $50.

Portland Prize Packs:

  • 1st Place: Chicago Weekend Experience for TWO:  Now that you have had a chance to explore your own city, come and check out ours for a weekend! This includes flight, hotel, tour packages, and a brew tour.
  • 2nd Place: Staycation for TWO: Enjoy a night in your city! This includes a night stay at a hotel, dinner, and some Goose Island beverages in your room.
  • 3rd Place: Two 312 Road Bikes!
  • 4th Place: Pub Crawl Pack: Enjoy free libations from some of the Wild Goose Chase bars.
  • 5th Place: Prize pack: Goose Island swag pack for two.
  • Best Team Name – $25 to The Nest
  • Best Team Costume – $25 to The Nest
  • Detour Dominator – $50 to The Nest. You and your partner dominated those detours and unfortunately did not get an egg… However you did take a lot of sad selfies.

Check in will start 2 hours prior to the chase at Noon. Stop by, check in and get your chase swag! The Chase will start at 2pm. The course will take 2 hours, once you have completed the chase head back to the Nest at the Cheerful Bullpen for Goose Island refreshments and a great time!

Goose Island's Jesse Valenciana & Patti Mandel at the Great Taste of the Midwest

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