Sitting in the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois, is a small, man-made island. It’s called Goose Island. A few blocks north of this faux land is a brewery called Goose Island Beer Company. You’ve probably heard of it.
Goose Island makes some standard beers to satisfy the local crowd. They also produce a series of Belgian-style ales.
My favorite Goose Island brew is Bourbon County Stout. It’s very similar to Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. This brief review covers Pepe Nero, a Belgian-style ale.
Woof! This thing is strong on peppercorn spice and Belgian yeast. It’s good—not amazing—but it’s great when you pair it alongside an appropriate meal. Like a steak. Pepe Nero would be great next to a juicy steak. And a baked potato. Regardless, it is clear that Pepe Nero is not a standalone beer. It’s a companion beer.