Release Goose Island Sofie Paradisi

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by MarcatGSB, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    I'm excited for this, hopefully it gets out of Chicago.

    Per BSJ:

    Meet a variant of Goose Island Sofie: Sofie Paradisi. Sofie, as you have come to know and love her, is a saison brewed with orange peel and aged in wine barrels. Keep citrus in the family, Paradisi uses grapefruit.
    60% Ale aged in barrels with grapefruit, 40% ale.
    Style: Saison (w/ Grapefruit, Barrel Aged)
    Availability: Draft only, as of 2/12/13

    6.7% ABV
  2. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    Nice!!! So this will be tap only?
  3. mjohnson17

    mjohnson17 Devotee (443) Apr 29, 2012 Illinois
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    Availability: Draft only, as of 2/12/13

    sounds like it, but sounds delicious as well
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  4. BrewMichigan

    BrewMichigan Initiate (0) May 4, 2007 Michigan

    This sounds delicious.
  5. Brew33

    Brew33 Crusader (748) Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
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    Dammit! I left Chicago yesterday and was at GI.....
  6. JRBecks

    JRBecks Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2012 Illinois

    Cant wait, Sofie is already one of my favorites now I cant wait to try a variant of her I mean... it
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  7. Greenplastic615

    Greenplastic615 Devotee (412) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Sounds tasty. Sofie is one of my favorite year-round beers, so I'd really like to try this one.
  8. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    ugggggggggggghhhhhhh that sounds like my dream beer . . . one of them, anyway.

    I would build a kegerator just for that—so I can have 5.2 US gallons of this beer in my house, exclusively for my consumption. It would just sit next to my bed.
  9. mjohnson17

    mjohnson17 Devotee (443) Apr 29, 2012 Illinois
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    So has anyone seen this on tap anywhere yet? It says "Availability: Draft only as of 2/12/13". I read that as available starting 2/12/13. Although I guess it could also mean that as of the date 2/12/13 the only plan is to keg it.
  10. t8000shx

    t8000shx Disciple (321) Mar 2, 2004 New York
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    Not to be a downer, but I am curious of the quality of the grapefruit juice mentioned. Fresh squeezed? From concentrate? Something in between? With or without sweeteners? The parent company is very successful keeping their costs low, perhaps some of that has spread to GI.

    To be clear, I'm not at all generically opposed to Big Beer nor do I believe GI "sold out" and is now crap. But that said, a negative side effect of GI being part of ABI is that I now question their ingredients a bit more than I would if, say, Bells was releasing this beer.
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  11. markrmoser

    markrmoser Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2010 Illinois

    Had this last spring at the GI Mini Golf event during Beer Week, it was awesome, can't wait to have it again!
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  12. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Zealot (568) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    ISO: Growler Sofie Paradisi
  13. cfrances33

    cfrances33 Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2012 Illinois
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    GI has yet to compromise the quality and ingredients of their premium line of beers. In fact, it seems like they are committed to maintaining them or bettering them to stay relevant and respected in the craft world.
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  14. themind

    themind Defender (696) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey

    This looks good.
  15. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    The staff at Fulton has always been top notch craft brewers and I don't think would ever take such shortcuts. They tweeted some pictures of the tubs of cut, real citrus fruit a few months back when they were filling the barrels.
  16. t8000shx

    t8000shx Disciple (321) Mar 2, 2004 New York
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    Ah, fair enough. I'm not much of a Twitter guy so didn't see this. Good to know they're using the real deal fruit.
  17. ErmaGerd

    ErmaGerd Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2013 Iowa
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  18. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    After much searching, found one of the pics
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  19. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    I have some awesome beers to whoever wants to send me a growler (or some sort of bottle) of this amazing sounding brew.
  20. Vav

    Vav Aspirant (291) Jul 27, 2008 Illinois

    Glad to see they're finally sending this out into the world, it's been a perennial "we're messing with this" for at least 2 years now. I've had it numerous times straight from the wood, and it's delicious.
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  21. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    where can you get this on draft? at one of the brewpubs?
  22. PHBoiler

    PHBoiler Meyvn (1,336) Jan 14, 2013 Illinois
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    Draft only and this beer is apparently getting close. Saw on twitter last night one of the Goose Island guys was tasting it. Said it was one to definitely try based on what he tasted. I'm hoping maybe Chicago Craft Beer Week. Check twitter @hopcastken. That's all the info I've seen.
  23. TdLJg

    TdLJg Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2011 Connecticut

    Who wants to pick up a keg and drop it off in NY?
  24. parkingphi

    parkingphi Initiate (67) Dec 2, 2008 New York
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    This. Would be so in on this.
  25. bstyle

    bstyle Devotee (432) Apr 27, 2006 Indiana
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    It's amazing and it's 100% fresh squeezed juice...
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  26. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,387) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois
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    Wow, nice! Where is that?
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  27. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Didn't beerpulse post something recently about "Grapefruit Sofie" getting bottles? Wouldn't this be that beer?

    Edit: this is what I was referring to:

    As for bottles or no bottles for "grapefruit Sofie," it's unclear, I think. Anyone that knows more about this, please do chime in—Sofie Paradisi bottles would be most welcome in my fridge / gullet. Well, bottles in fridge, but not gullet.
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  28. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Halia = Mae (Soured Sofie with Peaches)

    Sofie Paradisi = Grapefruit Sofie

    We've seen keg labels for Paradisi.. but no bottle mockup as far as I can recall.
  29. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Yeah, I've seen the keg approvals but no bottles . . . here's hoping.
  30. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    I had no idea sofie was partially aged in barrels. Learned something new today.
  31. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Draft only in Chicago, next month.
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  32. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Tweet from GI today said draft only next month in Chicago and limited other nearby markets. The Keg Stand in Des Moines said they were getting some, but weren't sure on an exact date.
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  33. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    A small amount will make it out of Chicago but this will almost certainly be a DONG anywhere it goes
  34. QuentinCall

    QuentinCall Aspirant (237) Sep 30, 2011 Georgia
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    Fyi, some of it has, thankfully, reached Atlanta.
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  35. JellyJacket

    JellyJacket Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 Illinois

    So I tried this tonight at the 25th Anniversary party at the Clybourn pub - I actually didn't notice too much of a difference. Still ridiculously refreshing and nicely tart and all that, but the only place I really noticed the fruit difference was in a more resinous, grapefruit-y nose.
  36. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (511) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    There was a huge difference in my and brother in law opinion. The grapefruit was extremely prominent and front facing on this beer. Absolutely spolid.
  37. JellyJacket

    JellyJacket Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 Illinois

    Yeah? I'll have to give it another go, side by side. Given, tasting 11 beers in succession at a crowded event isn't ideal, but I also expected a lot more barrel quality to it.
  38. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Defender (611) Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
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    Going to a CCBW event next week where this is being poured ,looking forward to trying it as Sofie is one of my fave summer beers.
  39. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Indiana

    Confirmed by GI that its intended to be DONG.
  40. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (979) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    I know a few places in the greater DC area that has it.

    Sofie is one of my favorite beers by them and this version is every bit if not more awesome!
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