This is a sponsored post. I was invited to the Goose Island Beer Blogger Meetup and provided with complimentary products and services. Opinions are, as always, my own.
Goose Island Beer Blogger Meetup
So, I don’t drink beer. That’s been my mantra forever. I just never developed the taste for it. Give me a vodka and whatever, and I’m set! The only time I can actually recall finishing a full bottle of beer was after being invited to the suite of a famous race team at the Indy 500 a lifetime ago. Didn’t care for it much, but it was hot, the sponsoring beer brand was cold, and I was thirsty.
Fast forward to last week when I was invited to Goose Island Beer and Beauty Event at Benefit Cosmetics in Santa Monica. Anytime I get a chance to meet up with the fab girls of the So Cal Lady Bloggers and the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers groups, I’m there! Plus, we’ll be getting our makeup done, too? Yes, please
In addition to the Goose Island beer sampling, we indulged in amazing artisan chocolates from Wild Ophelia, and I received a much-needed Brow Arch at the Benefit Brow Bar along with a mini makeover! For this, I could drink beer or 3!
We were there to sample the Goose Island Beer Sisters Ales Collection, featuring Madame Rose 2012, Lolita 2010, Juliet 2010, Sofie, and Matilda. (Goose Island began as a small brewpub in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago in May 1988. They opened their own brewery in 1995.)
As I’ve mentioned, I’m hardly a connoisseur of beer, but I must say these brews were very drinkable. I especially liked Sophie, (must be because I like champagne!) The brewmaster notes tell us:
Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with orange peel, Sofie is a tart, dry, sparkling ale. A subtle, spicy white pepper note, a hint of citrus from the orange peel and a creamy vanilla finish make Sofie an intriguing choice for Champagne drinkers and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian Saisons.
Lolita 2010 was my next favorite. The color is gorgeous! She is:
a pink rose colored Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavors and crisp, refreshing body make Lolita ideal for beer drinkers fond of Belgian style beer.
A crimson colored Belgian style brown ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels. Layers of malty complexity, sour cherry, spice and wood notes make Madame Rose an ideal beer to suggest to Bordeaux enthusiasts and beer drinkers fond of Belgian Kriek and Flanders Brown Ales
is wild in character, with a slightly fruity aroma and a spicy yeast flavor that is as unique as it is satisfying – Matilda is an intriguing choice for beer and wine lovers alike. Dry and quenching, it’s the perfect accompaniment at the dining table or for casually socializing at the bar.
Fermented with wild yeasts and aged in cabernet barrels with blackberries, Juliet is a tart, fruity, complex ale. Notes of wood, tannin, dark fruit and spice make Juliet an ideal beer to suggest to Pinot Noir enthusiasts and beer drinkers who are fond of Belgian sour ales.
You can find the Goose Island Sisters at Whole Foods, Bevmo, and Total Wine.
I am still craving the pairing of the Sisters Ale Collection with Wild Ophelia Chocolate. Crazy combinations of ingredients mingling in chocolate must be tasted to be appreciated. (They sound a bit wacky — but really, they work!) Flavors I thought were the most strange were actually the flavors I enjoyed the most. My favorites were the Smokehouse BBQ Potato Chip Dark Chocolate and the Beef Jerky Milk Chocolate. I’m dying to try the Wild Ophelia New Orleans Chili Dark Chocolate Bar next.
Wild Ophelia Chocolates are also available at Whole Foods. I’ll be serving Goose Island Sisters and Wild Ophelia Chocolate at my birthday party this weekend!
Much thanks to Goose Island, So Cal Lady Bloggers, and Latina Lifestyle Bloggers for the invitation! Can’t wait to get together again soon!