Monthly Archives: January 2013

Goose Island Distribution

Unless I’ve been living in a cave (I call it Brooklyn), I’m really starting to see the effects of InBev on Goose Island.  Last night I was in a decent bar with a few really good beer options.  I didn’t find it unusual to find Goose Island, but what I DID find unusual was that it was Matilda.  Usually it would be the IPA or Honker’s.  A fairly ordinary bar having Matilda on tap definitely made me think.  I had the Arrogant Bastard.

Today, while out to get lunch, I walked by a bar where after-work events are usually held.  I really don’t like this place.  Crappy atmosphere and equally crappy beer selection.  This place always has a sign outside with lunch specials and such, I think usually having the Budweiser logo on it.  Today I noticed the sign had a huge Goose Island 312 logo along the bottom.

As torn as I am about the whole Evil Empire thing buying up Goose Island, in the end I guess if the quality of their beer isn’t affected, it will give me a much better choice than the usual in places like that.  That could be a good thing.

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Sorachi Ace

I really like Sorachi Ace hops with its interesting lemony flavor. Interesting origin, a hybrid of Brewer’s Gold and Saaz, developed for Sapporo in 1988, but used more heavily in the US during the hop crisis of 2008. The most common single hop beer I see using it is Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace, a saison. I think this is a great beer, of course the lemony flavor of Sorachi Ace lending itself perfectly to a beer of this type. Mikkeller also uses Sorachi Ace in its single hop IPA series. That’s one I need to try.

But much more recently, Sorachi Ace has an entirely different meaning to me. I play bass guitar, and recently started playing in a great new hard rock band. I always thought Sorachi Ace sounded like a strong and unique name for a band. Fortunately, Alex (guitar/vocals) agreed and we are now Sorachi Ace. Have a listen.

Cheers, and rock on!