You may remember when I mentioned Goose Island’s week-long beer celebration last year, as I had the opportunity to attend an amazing four-course dinner on Mass Ave and learn all about this fan-favorite Chicago brewery. I’m stoked they’ve picked Indianapolis again this year to bring their beers (plus a whole party) and share all the goodness with us. I will be attending the He-Said She-Said dinner next week AND volunteering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (that one is with the Junior League, but hey, Goose Island will be there too!) and would love to have some readers join me! Even though I’ve never been much of a beer drinker, I enjoy learning all about the craft, flavors, and passion that goes into Goose Island’s beer.
I’m sharing some of their schedule highlights in advance so you have a chance to check your calendars and see if you can show up for any of the amazing (and some free!) events they have planned for Migration Week.
Wednesday, October 11
Event: Goose Island Presents: Midwest Rock Show
Time: Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m.
Location: The Melody Inn – 3826 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Description: Great music is best enjoyed with great beer, so Goose Island is bringing you both. Head over to the Melody Inn for a full lineup of awesome Midwestern bands including Kodakrome from Chicago, The Begowatts from Madison, and Indy’s own Autumn Androids. We’ll be bringing a taste of our hometown to you with $3 cold tall-boys of Goose Island beer and Chicago-style hot dogs served all night.
Cost: $5 tickets at the door. RSVP here.
Thursday, October 12
Event: Beer & Coffee Class
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Kaffeine Coffee Co. – 707 Fulton St. B, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Description: At Goose Island Beer Co. we’re almost as passionate about coffee as we are about beer. To bring our two favorite drinks together, we’ve partnered up with the experts at Kaffeine Coffee to bring you a unique pairing of local coffee and Chicago beer. This is your chance to learn the craft and science behind a delicious cup coffee as well as a great beer. We finish off the event by letting you create your own unique blend of both.
Beer Featured: BCS 2016, BCS Coffee 2012
Cost: Free; RSVP here.
Thursday, October 12
Event: He-Said She-Said Beer Dinner
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Thunderbird – 1127 Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN 46203
Description: We’re bringing a favorite of the Chicago food scene to Indianapolis for a most unforgettable beer dinner. Join us as Chicago Chef Matt Troost joins Chef Kristen York, the mastermind chef at Thunderbird, in creating a memorable 4-course beer dinner. You’ll be greeted by a specially crafted beer-cocktail from Thunderbird’s award winning owner/bartender Joshua Gonzales, followed by a line-up of exclusive Goose Island beers perfectly paired with each chef’s unique take on four dishes and finished off with a dessert infused with 2016 Bourbon County Stout Proprietors. Great food and beers – this is a culinary experience you can’t pass up.
Cost: $45; RSVP here.
Friday, October 13
Event: Music, Art, and Beer with Goose Island & OJ Hays
Time: 8 – 11 p.m.
Location: The Speak Easy – 5255 Winthrop Ave. #110, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Description: Our beer, your city. This is an event you can’t miss! Join Goose Island’s Migration Week team for a booty-shakin Friday night featuring our best beers, some fresh-spun vinyl and an incredible live art installation by Chicago-based artist OJ Hays who is fresh off his tour as art director for Chance the Rapper. What better way to kick off your weekend than great beer, great music, and a chance to see a master artist at work?
Saturday, October 14
Event: Volunteer Day with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Time: Tree planting 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., happy hour 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Location: Whitehall Commons – 4403 W. 47 St., Indianapolis, IN 46254
Description: We’re partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to give back to the Indy community, so come get your hands dirty and join us in planting dozens of trees in the Whitehall Commons neighborhood. We’ll celebrate afterwards with beer and food at The Union Jack Pub on Broad Ripple!
Cost: Free; RSVP here
Full schedule is available online. I’m looking forward to it!
This post was created in partnership with Goose Island Beer Company. All opinions are my own.