Last Saturday, March 12th, US craft beer, Goose Island brought the spirit of Chicago to Hoxton Docks in East London for a night of boisterous festivity.
The event – which is referred to as the Chicago dialling code, ‘312’ – treated it’s 450 guests to Goose Island’s most deluxe beer, hosting an exquisite menu consisting of award-winning Goose IPA, Honker’s Ale, 312 Wheat Ale and Vintage beers, Sofie and Matilda.
Indie band, Mystery Jets, entertained the crowd with live music, as they took to the stage to perform tracks from their latest album, Curve Of The Earth. But it was rising star Alex Vargas who stole the show with his angelic vocals and impressive instrumental ability.
Alex has just finished an incredible year after selling out shows in less than 24 hours and gaining critical acclaim from notorious music bloggers, critics and radio tastemakers.
Radio X afternoon host and The Weekender radio DJ, Dan O’Connell also made an appearance at the festival, putting on a lively set for gig-goers with O’Connell admitting that he has always had a passion for live events.
Drunken revellers were then able to satisfy their taste-buds at Anna Mae‘s legendary Mac N’ Cheese street food truck that was serving up her most famous dishes, including The Annie Mac, The Don Macaroni, The Spicy Juan and The Kanye Western.
Celebrating Chicago’s urban culture, the day of festivities was a success, with the energetic crowd who roared for more music and delicious beer, which appeared to live up to Goose Island’s mantra: We don’t need to be the only beer you drink. We just want to be the best beer you drink.
Words: Rhiannon Mangan
Photos: Joe Okpako