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Beer: Goose Island Sofie a funky Chicago classic

A craft beer from Anheuser-Busch InBev: Goose Island Sofie is a brew to go with steamed mussels, lobster, grilled sardines and goat cheese

Sofie has a "slightly-funky, herbal aroma" and some citrus-peel bitterness.
A glass "pale straw-coloured, hazy" Sofie, which our columnist approves of nothwithstanding its maker, crafter brewer Goose Island, was taken over by conglomerate Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Goose Island Sofie

3 stars out of 4

Where to buy: LCBO

Price: $9.95/750 mL bottle

Food pairings: Steamed mussels, lobster, grilled sardines, goat cheese.

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The verdict: Even a giant corporation can get a little funky sometimes.

When the largest brewing conglomerate the world has ever seen took over long-established Chicago craft brewery Goose Island in 2011, many beer lovers cringed.

There was no way Anheuser-Busch InBev would ever get what really made an independent Goose Island tick, they fretted, and more importantly, the beer would never be the same.

On the first front, that’s something employees of Goose Island can best judge. For the rest of us, the best way to assess things is to taste what’s in the bottle. And judging by the Goose Island beers which have made their way to Ontario this year, things are going just fine.

The most compelling offering of the three Goose Island beers which have been available in Ontario is Sofie, a pale straw-coloured, hazy brew. It’s got a slightly-funky, herbal aroma, two qualities which also come through in the flavour, along with some citrus-peel bitterness.

That funk, by the way, comes from the use of Brettanomyces, a semi-wild yeast which eats more sugar than standard brewing yeast. That leaves this beer with an appetizing dryness. Rather than fermenting every single bit of Sofie with “brett,” as it’s known by brewers, two batches — one with brett and one without — are blended together.

That makes for a less aggressively funky beer than 100 per cent brett brews. Having some kind of balance in this beer was a deliberate choice the Goose Island brewers made when first creating Sofie seven years ago, says Suzanne Wolcott, Goose Island’s house cicerone (a beer version of a sommelier). It was also done because brett can behave unpredictably, turning out a beer which is mouth-puckeringly sour one time, and mildly tart the next.

“There are some brett beers out there which are completely different from batch to batch. We appreciate a little more consistency,” said Wolcott, explaining that blending the two batches can help even things out.

And as far as blending the two company cultures of Goose Island and AB-InBev, Wolcott — who’s been with Goose Island for four years — says things are working out well on that front, too. Production of Goose Island’s biggest-selling beer, 312 Urban Wheat, has been shifted to other AB-InBev facilities, including one in Colorado. That frees up the Goose Island brewery in Chicago to focus on highly-touted bolder brews like their Bourbon County Stout, a rich, boozy treat that’s aged in bourbon barrels. (BCS production has roughly doubled since the takeover, Wolcott says). They’re also getting into sour styles, and more experimental small-batch beer.

“The brewers are happy as hell. Some of them used to joke that they were the 312 brewery, because it seemed like that’s all they had space to make,” said Wolcott.

Reach Josh Rubin via email: josh@thestar.ca or on Twitter: @starbeer

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