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Goose Island Ends Distribution Of Honkers Ale, The Beer That Put It On The Map

Once one of Goose Island's best selling beers, Honkers Ale is now moving to brewpub-only status.

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CHICAGO — One of Goose Island’s original beers, Honkers Ale, will no longer be on sold on shelves soon.

Once a flagship when Goose Island was a locally-owned, craft beer pioneer in Chicago, Honkers Ale is being reduced to being offered only in its brewpubs, according to a post on the Guys Drinking Beer blog, which broke the news.

“Honkers Ale was one of the first beers to really put Goose Island on the map. We love this English Bitter style beer! Honkers Ale is not being discontinued and will still be served at our brewpubs,” a spokesman told Block Club.

Goose Island was bought by Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2011 for $38.8 million.