Drink Up: Goose Island's 312

Sep 3, 2014 at 1:00 am

Goose Island's 312 is billed as an "urban wheat beer." What does that mean exactly? Well, naming it after the brewery's area code is a big hint. According to the brewer, "Like the digits suggest, it's a beer that's densely populated with flavor and loaded with character." The brew itself is an ode to the city it was made in.

If you haven't figured it out yet (don't have every area code in the Midwest memorized, eh?), 312 is Chicago's area code. Much like in Detroit, those who dwell there cherish the number as part of their identity.

Unfiltered, 312 pours a hazy gold and has a yeasty, wheat-y nose. The first sip offers a flavor similar to its aroma. It tastes like a traditional wheat beer, which is a great way for new craft beer drinkers to break into this often-intimidating world. Similarly, it's a light beer, ringing in at just 4.2% ABV, so you won't be tipping over from one or two of these bottles. The use of Cascade hops is minimal; in fact, there's hardly any bitterness here at all. There's a slight fruit flavor in the body, and overall it's smooth and easy to drink.

With football season upon us, 312 will be available at various craft beer stands inside Ford Field. It's also widely available in bottles and cans, making it a great choice when you're looking to crack open something crisp, delicious, and refreshing while enjoying the game.