The Chicago-based brewery confirmed it will be joining Toronto's beer scene.
While there have been rather strong whispers about it in the Toronto beer scene for a few weeks, renowned Chicago-based brewery Goose Island has confirmed today that Toronto will be the home of their new brewpub.
“The craft beer scene in Toronto is thriving, and Goose Island is lucky to be a part of it,” says Ken Stout, president and general manager of Goose Island. “While still early in the planning stages, we plan to open a Toronto brewpub to broaden our presence by serving more of Goose Island’s quality beers, along with seasonal specialties and some great food pairings. We’re excited to be expanding internationally with our destination brewpub and look forward to sharing more details as our plans take shape.”
What does this mean? At this point, it’s too early to tell. But it confirms the suspicions many had when the AB-InBev-owned brewery started its migration toward Canada in 2013. This is the first time Toronto will be getting some beers that go beyond the core brands like Matilda, Sofie, Honkers Ale, and Goose IPA—and maybe, just maybe, we’ll be seeing more the incredibly popular Bourbon County Stout in the near future.
A previous subhead of this story initially stated that Goose Island was joining the craft beer scene. Torontoist regrets the error.