The beer, a classic German lager called ‘Keller Märzen’, was brewed at fellow AB InBev-owned brewery Spaten Brauerei in March before being lagered in cellars at near-freezing temperatures.
The result is a 6.3% unfiltered lager described as having “many delicious rich toasty and bready notes, finished off with caramel and dry biscuit flavours”.
German lager tribute
Goose Island’s Mike Siegel said: “With Keller Märzen, we at Goose Island wanted to pay tribute to the history of Spaten, its brewery, and impact on lager brewing. The late great British beer writer Michael Jackson said the ‘most significant German brewery in the development of lager brewing was Spaten’.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with them on a new beer release.”
The one-off collaboration will be launched at Goose Island’s LDN Block Party – a one-day festival that brings Chicago life to London – on 23 September. The beer will be available shortly afterwards in selected on trade outlets.
In June of this year, Goose Island launched a new mid-strength session IPA to the UK market. The 4.1% beer, Midway, was designed to be a good introductory beer to the IPA style.
The brewery’s president Ken Stout told our sister publication MCA that the brewery’s London operations were being “well received” but highlighted the need to have more beers in the 4-5% ABV range.
Goose Island was founded in Chicago in 1988, and was acquired by AB InBev in 2011.