Lolita 2018 by Goose Island Beer Company
The 2018 release of one of Goose Island's classic sours, Lolita is a Belgian style wild ale fermented in red wine barrels with raspberries.
The live tasting of this beer was on 13th August 2020 #BeerBods
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A now stalwart of the global craft beer scene, Goose Island Beer Company was founded by John Hall way back in 1988.
The story began with a trip to Europe when founder John took a tour across the continent. Pint by pint, he savoured the styles and selections of brews in every region, and thought to himself, “America deserves some damn fine beer like this, too.”
Craft brewing wasn’t widely known at the time, but upon return from his European sojourn, John set out to change all that. He settled down in his hometown of Chicago—a city perfect for craft beer, with rapidly evolving tastes and the largest system of freshwater on the planet. And then he got to brewing.
By 1995, John’s beer had become so popular that he decided to open a larger brewery, along with a bottling plant to keep up with demand. 1999 brought even more growth, along with an additional brewpub. Fast forward to today, what was once one man’s pint-filled dream has become one of the biggest craft brewery empires on the planet. With multiple brewpubs across the globe including our very own in Shoreditch, London (well worth a visit), you’d be hard-pressed to find a craft beer lover anywhere who hadn’t heard or tried one of Goose Islands beers.
Tonight’s beer, however, is one many will not have tried before. Lolita is a pretty special sour ale fermented in red wine barrels with raspberries. Goose Island have a long history with sours, having been one of the first US breweries to really start experimenting with them. Add in their colossal barrel library and their incredible depth of knowledge and you know they’re going to do something special. Known for developing in complexity with age, this 2018 reserve is now prime for tasting. It pours slightly hazy copper and the aroma is raspberries and a little woodiness. It’s sour to taste, with flavours of raspberries grapes and oak coming through nicely. This is one beer you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.