Goose Island International president, Ken Stout, has told MCA that the group is keen to re-launch its Tap House concept in another London venue.
Goose Island International President, Ken Stout, has told MCA that the group is keen to re-launch its Tap House concept in another London venue.
The Chicago-based brewer’s first, and so far only, UK pub - in Balham – closed at the weekend after just under 18 months of trading.
It launched under the banner of Vintage Ale House but was rebranded last year, with a realigned focus on Goose Island’s core range of beers.
Stout said the closure had been prompted by the focus on the first Goose Island brewpub i the UK, which launch at the fomer Drunken Monkey in Shoreditch in the autumn.
He said: “It just didn’t make sense at this point to have both open and we didn’t want our focus to be pulled away from the brewhouse.
“But we still like that concept and we think we got it to the right place, so we are thinking we may add something like that again in the London scene. But, we have to do one thing at a time.
We are looking to open in Fall. We took over the lease within the last 60 days. We have ordered our brewing system, which will probably be commissioned in the summer. Then looking to open as soon as possible after that.”
Stout said the brewer would also be keen to establish another brewhouse in mainland Europe, with France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium all potential targets.
He said the Shoredich site – the company’s eight brewpub – would incorporate some elements of design from previous incarnations but would also seek to reflect the UK scene.
Stout will visit the UK at the end of the month to celebrate the launch of a collaboration beer made with Fuller’s - 30th Anniversary Ale.
On trends within the US beer scene at the moment, he said: “It’s going in all sorts of different directions. One of the hotter styles now is the hazy IPA, sometimes called the New England IPA. When that first came up, I wasn’t sure it was going to be one for the future but it has really taken off. On the other side, you have a lot of lager beers coming out – so Helles is really on point.
“The low-alcohol trend is really percolating here and it’s being driven by young people .It’s going to be wise for us to have something in our potfolio that gives a cool and unique experience but also is low or no-alcohol.”