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Goose Island's new Rambler IPA, and a giveaway in its honor

Goose Island Beer Co. continues its celebration of hops with the introduction of Rambler IPA (6.7 percent ABV, IBUs 67), a new fall seasonal release.

This red IPA features Mount Hood and Amarillo hops, with a strong, caramely malt backbone and spicy, earthy hop overtones. The overall hop profile is more herbal, with a nice, bitter finish.

In full disclosure, the brewery provided me with two bottles for review and two pint glasses that will be given away – keep reading to find out how you can win.

“Farm to Brewery” is marked on the label, which is not altogether unique since all beer ingredients come from farms. However, these hops come directly from Elk Mountain Farms in the Idaho town of Bonner’s Ferry.

Two years ago, Elk Mountain Farms began planting, growing and harvesting hops specifically for Goose Island. This hop farm is located on the 48th parallel – the same parallel on which Europe’s best hop growing regions are found – and with the ideal climate and soil conditions for hop cultivation, they are able to produce hops of exceptional quality.

I have not been able to confirm with local bottle shops when we will see this beer on their shelves, but I’m guessing it will be soon. However, four-packs of The Muddy (9 percent ABV, IBUs 32), an imperial stout brewed with molasses, brewer’s licorice and Belgian dark rock candi sugar, have arrived at a couple of the Chalet Party Shoppe locations.

Now, for your chance to win the pair of Goose Island Beer Co. pint glasses in the photo.

What is the inspiration behind the name of Goose Island’s The Illinois imperial IPA? 

Send your answer to I will randomly choose a name from those who correctly answer this question at 5pm on Friday, September 19. The winner will be able to pick up their pair of glasses at DIY Coffee and Ale Supply, located at 114 East Washington St., Goshen.  


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