About Time: You Tried Goose Island’s New Charity Beer for an Actual GooseBy Iona Goulder
If there’s two things we love here at About Time, it’s good beer and good puns. Whether it’s a witty topical name of a cask ale on a pub tap, or just a funny named can, we’re a sucker for a novelty beer (we’d put good money on someone releasing a “10 Downing Street BYOB” IPA any day now).
Appealing to these very niche interests of ours, craft beer legends Goose Island Beer Company have just announced the launch of a very special beer for a very special cause. Brewed in honour of a “beloved village goose”, ‘Derek’ is an IPA with a heart of gold.
The story goes that Derek was a female goose that got washed into the marina of the coastal town Watchet, in Somerset. Unable to leave, Derek became a bit of a local legend, with townspeople regularly heading down to feed her Weetabix and vegetables (cute right!?).
At the tail end of last year, Derek, unfortunately went missing without a trace, so the good people at Goose Island are embracing their namesake and have brewed a very special beer in her honour, as well as raising awareness for a GoFundMe which has been launched for a Derek statue in the town.
Derek (the beer, not the goose) is a hazy IPA and is the latest limited edition bev to come from the brewery, so only available for a short time. Proceeds from the sale of the beer will go to the wonderful Four Paws Charity, and well, who couldn’t ignore a beer for a goose!
RIP Derek, you will be missed.
For further information, visit the Goose Island shop here.