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US. Outgrowing its Fulton Street brewery, Goose Island outsourcing two beers
Soon, all of two of the company’s most popular beers, Honker’s Ale and India Pale Ale, will be made more than 1,000 miles away from the city in Portsmouth, N.H. Doing so, the company said, will allow it to focus on its more specialized beers locally.
It’s the first time that Goose Island has produced its beer outside of Chicago since it started brewing in 1988, and its first major expansion since it opened its brewery on Fulton Street in 1995.
“We’ve continued to expand the Fulton plant, and we’ll expand it this year, but it does have its limits,” said John Hall, Goose Island’s founder and president. “We’d be in a fix without this contract.”
In order to keep up with growing demand in Chicago, as well as to continue expanding nationwide to markets like New York, the company needed to find new capacity to brew its beers. It found that in its partnership with the Craft Brewer’s Association, and its Portsmouth brewery that produces, among other beers, Redhook Ales.
“It’ll give us more capacity here to work on our specialty beers here,” Hall said. “It costs a lot of money, that’s a real big concern. But from a quality standpoint, probably not. We wouldn’t be doing it if we thought there was [a problem with the quality].”
Brett Porter, Goose Island’s head brewer, said that the company has found a fascinating and frustrating problem as demand has intensified.
“I’ve never heard a distributor threaten to remove a beer from shelves before because they couldn’t get enough,” Porter said, but it’s happening to Goose Island now, necessitating their choice to expand elsewhere. “We have to balance our desire to brew everything here with our need to satisfy demand. We want to embrace Chicago, but we can’t make enough beer to do so.”
But Porter said that in some ways, the move to New Hampshire might have a silver lining.
“Portsmouth’s better suited to making Honker’s and IPAs than our plant,” Porter said.
Nevertheless, there’s been a learning curve as they’ve tried to make the beer perfectly in another location. Every brewery is different, Porter said, and they’ve been trying to deal with that.
“We’re on our fifth iteration of IPA in New Hampshire, and the last batch fooled most people,” Porter said. “It’s a bit like a translation of a French novel to English. Even though we’ve been using the exact same malts, the beer has been coming out a little lighter — that’s the kind of thing that happens.”
But Porter said he thinks the company’s end goal is to bring production back to Chicago. After all, this is a company that’s long touted its use of Midwestern ingredients, and still runs — and innovates in — its original brewpub on Clybourn in Lincoln Park.
“At some point, maybe we’ll build another brewery in Chicago, and everything would come out of that,” Porter said. “Or maybe that becomes the 312 plant [Goose Island’s extremely popular wheat beer] and the older plant becomes the specialty beer plant.”
Building a new plant is an expensive venture, though. So in the meantime, they’re adding a few brewing tanks on the outside of the Fulton Street plant. It’s just another way they’re adding capacity.
So despite outsourcing some production, Hall said he’s committed to the city that birthed the company, and whose name graces every bottle in letters almost as big as the brand itself.
“It’s been an unbelievably good roll. We’re a Chicago company and we’re thrilled to be here and thrilled to be facing these decisions,” said Hall.
17 Фев. 2011