Have a Honker


It started a few months ago during lunch at Milestones. We ordered a couple Stellas while waiting for our meal to arrive. We noticed the odd looking goose headed beer tap and asked our waitress about it. She told us everything she knew about it, which was nothing. We were still intrigued and tried half a pint each. It’s been a tradition ever since.

A text from Mark saying “Honker?” loosely translates into “Let’s do lunch and have a Goose Island Beer”, or something close to that.

The Goose Island Beer Company is located in Chicago, Illinois.

How it all started…

Our famous beer began with a trip across Europe, when Goose Island founder (and unabashed beer lover) John Hall took a tour across the continent. Pint by pint, he savored the styles and selections of brews in every region, and thought to himself, “America deserves some damn fine beer like this, too.”

You can’t argue with that logic…

To date, we have tried Honker’s Ale and Goose IPA, both interesting, both tasty. I’d have to say the IPA is a little more mainstream, can be enjoyed by most beer drinkers. Honker’s Ale is different, takes some getting used to, slightly bitter, in a good way.

Lately, Mark and I have been going to Fionn MacCool’s, for something different, parking is better too. This is where we found the Meatloaf Sandwich. This is also where we found Goose IPA.

Our offices are at separate ends of the building and we thought some kind of goose horn, a honker, might be a good idea, instead of a boring old text. We are scouring the internet for one, the old fashion brass kind, with the black rubber bulb at one end. We could mount them to our office chairs.

When looking for an establishment that serves the stuff, the Goose Island Beer company offers a web page sending you on a Goose Chase, it’s that easy. Unfortunately it only works in the USA. Up here in Canada, it’s more of a Wild Goose Chase.


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