The First Pour: Goose Island Summertime Kölsch
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Hops: Mt. Hood & Saaz
Malt: 2 Row & Wheat
Not only did Puxatony Phil declare spring would come early in 2011, but he may have also spoken with the John Hall at Goose Island Brewing Co. Due to a shortage of Goose Island Mild Winter 6-pack cases (the cardboard holders), Goose Island decided to go ahead and start brewing and distributing their summer beer a little earlier than usual. But to be completely fair, Schlafly still beat them to the punch with the release of their Summer Lager. The good news is with the release of so many summer beers this early in the season, how can we not expect great weather here in St Louis? Okay, it’s probably wishful thinking…
Well lucky for the find people of the greater St Louis area, most of us are familiar with the German Kölsch style thanks to Schlafly’s award winning Kölsch beer. However, this Goose Island beer is no shrinking violet, the beer won the 2002 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal for the Golden or Blonde Ale. The beer pours out a clear golden yellow in color (or Sunshine as Goose Island describes it) with a white head on top. Off the nose you get light grains and a somewhat grassy aroma. The beer is smooth and light with musky sweet grains and grassy/fruity notes throughout. The hops also add a light bitterness on the swallow. This is another super sessionable beer that can be enjoyed throughout the spring and summertime. Pop down to Cicero’s and celebrate the fact they always keep Goose Island’s seasonals well in stock.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.