Goose Island asked that I share this upcoming event with the club. It sounds pretty cool, particularly with the beer historian travelling here for a Q&A. And, it being a free, non-ticketed event certainly doesn't hurt.
Here's the info:
London in 1840 was home to the biggest breweries in the world, and the beer they made was porter, for well over a hundred years at that point, but it was a different beer in many ways to the porter we know. It was the first type of beer to be made on a very large scale, aged in incredibly large oak vats for up to a year, and the popularity of it made it the first global beer phenomenon. The history of porter is vast and fantastic, and we brewed a beer to showcase how different a beer it was nearly 200 years ago.
Please join us on Monday, April 29 from 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30) at the Goose Island Tap Room, 1800 West Fulton Street, for the bottle release of “Obadiah Poundage”, our recreation of an 1840 London Porter recipe in collaboration with Beer Historian Ron Pattinson and Wimbledon Brewery in London. Ron will be flying in from Amsterdam to discuss some of the amazing history of porter and to talk about the making of this beer. Two and a half years in the making, “Obadiah Poundage” faithfully recreates porter of Victorian era London, a beer that takes us back in time to taste and explore a style of beer that changed how beer was made forever.