(Chicago, IL) – Goose Island Beer Co. is discontinuing its Nut Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout.
It is not everyday that a brewery announces the end to 40% of its core year-round lineup. Goose Island 312, Honker’s Ale, India Pale Ale, Nut Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout were once the brewery’s stalwarts, each having seen three (some four) decades, but the industry is shifting toward higher alcohol, Belgian-styles, etc. and away from session beers. Brown Ales in particular have taken the plunge. Both of these are easily considered to be widely accessible benchmark beers for their styles and they both rate at or above the 90th percentile for those styles at RateBeer.
Here is the explanation from the brewery via Facebook:
“It is with some sadness and regret that we note the passing into history of two of Goose Island’s oldest styles of ale: Nut Brown (formerly Hex Nut Brown) and Oatmeal Stout. These classic English styles were born in the brewpub at 1800 Clybourn and later bottled and distributed from the Fulton Street brewery. Both beers received critical acclaim and continue to win awards at the highest level.
But in the competition for fermentation capacity, tap handles, and shelf space, Nut Brown and Oatmeal Stout have been disadvantaged by the increasing popularity of hoppy, wheat, sour, and barrel aged beer styles. We are grateful for the few loyal aficionados who have enjoyed our old friends until the end. To you, we can offer only assurance that the Goose Island brewpubs will continue to brew regular batches of both beers and offer them by the pint and by the growler to enjoy at home.
The very last batches of Nut Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout are in stores now: good to the last drop.”