Seems like it was only a few weeks ago when people were frantically searching the shelves for the hottest item of 2013. Despite being 2014 that item, a collaboration ale between Chicago’s Goose Island and Bend’s Deschutes, is still one of the hottest beers that everyone should be looking for.

If you haven’t been reading the ‘interwebs’ then you probably haven’t heard that Deschutes and Goose Island, one of the few breweries over 25 years old, collaborated on a Belgian-style Golden Ale.

Aged in “…decade-old Muscat oak barrels for nine months…” this beer was released shortly before the end of December.

“It isn't a coincidence that all but one of the "Class of ‘88" started brewing as brewpubs, including both Deschutes and Goose Island,” said John Hall, founder of Goose Island Beer Company. “In 1988 we were brewing styles of beer that were new to beer drinkers and as a brewpub we were personally interacting with customers and expanding their beer palates.”

Despite having moved into a advisory role with Anheuser-Busch, John took time to work with Deschutes Cam O’Connor – creating a beer aged with Michigan Riesling and Oreong Pinot Noir grapes, hops from Mt. Hood, and pilsner malt.

More on Class of ‘88 Belgian-style Golden Ale

Since last spring, 100 percent of the beer has been barrel-aging to result in a dry, slightly tart flavor with an oak boldness. Like all the Class of ’88 beers, each brewery will produce its own version of the brew in bottles and draft. The alcohol by volume will be around 10%.

As of this story there are still beers and limited draft, distributed wherever Goose Island or Deschutes is sold.

Cheers

About Deschutes Brewery

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Deschutes Brewery began as a brew pub in downtown Bend, Oregon and is known for such brands as Black Butte Porter, its flagship brew and the nation’s number one selling craft porter, and the popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale. In addition to its original Bend pub, this family and employee-owned brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District in 2008. The company’s main brewing facility is located on the banks of the Deschutes River and produces over 250,000 barrels of beer annually for distribution in 23 states and two provinces. To find out more, visit DeschutesBrewery.com.

About Goose Island

Founded in Chicago in 1988, Goose Island is one of the most successful craft breweries in the Midwest and produces some of the most popular, and award winning, beers in the U.S. Since 1989, Goose Island beers have won a variety of awards at acclaimed beer events including the World Beer Championships, World Beer Cup, European Beer Star, World Expo of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Visit www.gooseisland.com.

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