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312 Urban Wheat - Goose Island Beer Co.

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3,955 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,955
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 63
Gots: 673 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrunkMcDermott on 04-16-2004

Hazy straw color, light orange hop aroma, fruity ale flavor, creamy body.
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At Beerscribe.com, Andy Crouch defends the InBev buyout of Goose Island as "a victory for craft beer." He says it's good to see the behemoth "promoting" craft brewing.

Really?

How is it not a sell-out? Will GI keep honking up character brews over time, or will they start laying the corporate eggs (ie, LCD, robot beers) required by chain grocers and Olive Gardens?

Sure, its hard to blame GI; the eight-figure payoff is every entrepreneur's dream. But, come on, before the era of InBev, what self-respecting craft brewer wouldve sold out to Anheuser-Busch ?

And the real question is will GI continue producing beers as distinctive as Matilda and Sofie? Rephrase: is it in InBev's long term interest to do so?

In Wisconsin, SAB Miller-Coors spent a lot of money in direct campaign contributions and millions more indirectly via the Republican Govs Assn, to help put Scott Walker into office. Under cover of darkness, Scotty sneaks into the state budget a provision that puts up a firewall between craft brewers and restaurants/liquor stores. Under the new regs, craft brewers must now sell through regional distributors; that additional 30% overhead (ie, rent!) will do exactly what Miller-Coors had in mind, which is shackle the burgeoning Midwest craft industry to the frozen pavement. I doubt In-Bev is unhappy about this.

Sure, it remains to be seen what InBev ownership will do to the future of Goose Island. But what awful influence this corporatist political system will have on craft brewers is a forgone conclusion. What's good for the Goose isn't always good for the gander.

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312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 3,955 ratings.