Goose Island announces new UK brewmaster

By James Beeson

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Adventure awaits: Andrew Walton will head Goose Island’s new brewpub in Shoreditch
Adventure awaits: Andrew Walton will head Goose Island’s new brewpub in Shoreditch
Chicago brewery Goose Island has hired Andrew Walton as its new brewmaster in the UK.

Walton, a former brewer at London’s Fourpure Brewing Co, will head Goose Island’s new brewpub opening later this year in Shoreditch, east London. Following a month-long immersion at Goose Island in Chicago, Walton will be responsible for the operation of the London brewery and the development of unique recipes for beers made on-site.

“I am thrilled to be joining Goose Island at such an exciting time,” Walton said. “I’ve had an incredibly warm welcome in Chicago and as I continue to learn about the Goose Island family, I’m eager to do them proud as brewmaster in our new Shoreditch location. It’ll certainly be an adventure, and one I can’t wait to get cracking on.”

Brewpub plans revealed

Goose Island has also revealed further details about the London brewpub, which is scheduled to open on Shoreditch High Street in September this year. The pub promises “an unrivalled beer selection, ranging from in-house brews to beers from the brewery’s classic and award-winning range”, as well as a Chicago-inspired pizza menu.

The site will also function as a music venue championing both indie and headliner live acoustic and DJ acts, while customers will will also be able to observe the brewery up close, in action, as beer is made, and learn more about the brewing process with Walton himself.

London hub

Goose Island Beer Co International president Ken Stout said: “London has always held a special place in Goose Island’s history. Our next chapter in Shoreditch represents a work of love and dedication that has been 30 years in the making, and we’re excited to have the brewpub in Andrew’s capable hands.

“As we continue to contribute to, and learn from, British beer culture, we are excited to be creating a new experience in the heart of east London, where foodies, beer drinkers and music lovers alike can join together in appreciation of a good time – and great beer.”

Last month the brewery announced​ it was to close its south London pub, The Goose Island Tap House, ahead of the opening of the Shoreditch site. 

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