With family in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois, I have been aware of the existence of Goose Island Beer for quite sometime. Their products have just recently been showing up in the Northern Virginia area, bringing tidings of comfort and joy with them. Summertime is their seasonal Kolsch offered when the Second City is at its warmest. The description from Goose Island’s official website is as follows:
The color of sunshine, with a light fruity aroma and a hint of fruity acidity, Goose Island Summertime is the perfect summer session ale. A Kölsch beer brewed in the traditional German fashion, you’ll find yourself enjoying and savoring each sip of summertime as much as you do those hot summer days and cool summer nights.
The most curious thing about this beer is that I could not place which citrus fruit was adding that “hint of fruity acidity” mentioned in the description. It almost tastes like a combination of orange and lemon. The German Kolsch base provides a unique flavor that pairs fairly well with the citrus influences. More drunken revelry after the jump…
The brewer recommends the beer be consumed with fish, salad or lighter fare. I could see it complimenting a steamer bucket full of the shellfish of your choice on the deck at a beach house. I imagine crabs would benefit from the consumption of 2 to 8 bottles of this beer as well.
Summertime is a solid warm weather beverage that would not translate well to other seasons. I relish the opportunity to try Goose Island’s other seasonal offering, but this was a strong first experience. The brewer has a very good reputation and this product does nothing to sully that reputation, but nothing to distinguish it from other summer seasonal beers. If they would have emphasized one particular fruit influence, that might have helped set it apart from it’s competition. That’s a small criticism for an otherwise tasty brew. 3 out of 5 Beer and Pig Coozies. Welcome to where I live, Goose Island. I plan on drinking all your beers.