Chicago beer fans awoke with a start Monday at the news that the Goose Island Beer Company had been sold to Belgian-owned brewing powerhouse Anheuser-Busch for $38.8 million. Here’s a story from our Changing Gears partner WBEZ.
Goose Island has been a fixture in Chicago and across the Midwest for years, but it became even better known to Chicago visitors when it opened its brewpub on Clybourn Avenue in 1988. (Its name comes from the only island in the Chicago River. ) In a sense, it is synonymous with Mayor Richard Daley’s quest to develop Chicago beyond the lake front, as Niala Boodhoo reported earlier this year.
Back then, Clybourn was a largely industrial corridor. Now, it’s a lively neighborhood, with shops, apartments, and as everyone around Chicago knows, lots of traffic on the weekends.