Goose Island

When the first Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, with only a handful of brewpubs in existence in the Midwest. In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that.

The key to building interest in craft beer, Hall decided, was to allow consumers to watch the brewing process – while providing them with the then-novel experience of enjoying a wide variety of distinctive beers that had been produced on-site. Hall wanted to not only cater to his customers’ tastes, but to challenge them as well. Goose Island’s brewers set to work crafting a diverse selection of unique beers – and on Friday, May 13, 1988 the Goose Island Brewpub was born.

It turned out that John was right; Chicagoans palates evolved rapidly once Goose Island’s Brewpub opened its doors and introduced the city to distinctive craft beer. By 1995, the brewpub had become so popular that John Hall decided to open a larger brewery and bottling plant to keep up with demand. Finding still more room for growth, in 1999 Hall opened a second Goose Island Brewpub just a stone’s throw away from historic Wrigley Field.

Today, Goose Island continues to brew an innovative selection of over 50 craft beers at the brewpub, the best of which are then bottled at our Fulton Street brewery. Goose Island beers are now enjoyed in all 50 states and Europe.

Goose Island's 312 Urban Wheat Ale

Goose Island brews have won numerous awards for their outstanding quality.  Here are some of their brewing accolades:

  • 28 Great American Beer Festival awards
  • 12 World Beer Cup Medals
  • 16 year straight of medals at the Great American Beer Festival
  • Created world’s original  bourbon barrel aged Stout
  • Currently operating the largest barrel aging  program in the Midwest
  • 312 Urban Wheat Ale is the NUMBER 1 selling craft beer in Illinois!!!


Bud Distributing is proud to offer the following Goose Island Beers:

Urban Wheat Ales
312 Urban Wheat Ale

Classic Ales
Goose Island Honker’s Ale
Goose Island India Pale Ale
Goose Island Nut Brown Ale

Goose Island Harvest Ale
Goose Island Christmas Ale
Goose Island Mild Winter
Goose Island Summertime

Vintage Ales
Matilda (Belgian Pale Ale)
Sofie (Belgian Farmhouse Ale)
Pepe Nero (Dark Belgian Farmhouse Ale)
Pere Jaques (Belgian Abbey Ale)
**Bourbon County and some specialty Vintage Ales (none listed above) are on limited allocation to the wholesaler.