For years, patrons of the Goose Island Tasting Room have enjoyed a privilege shared by a lucky few – exclusive access to the house favorite Milk Porter poured only at the Fulton & Wood taproom in Chicago, and nowhere else on earth.

Today…that changes. With the launch of Northern Brewer’s new Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kits, we’re making it possible for homebrewers everywhere to join the ranks of those lucky few. For the first time ever, homebrewers will have exclusive access to the most sought-after flagship and limited-release beers in the world. And we’re starting with a true classic – Goose Island’s legendary Milk Porter.

We partnered with Goose Island Brewmaster Jared Jankoski to scale this recipe perfectly for homebrewers while retaining every last drop of its decadent, deep chocolate hue and oh-so-sippable character.

Ready to taste it for yourself? Here’s everything you need to know to get started. Cheers!

One Taproom Legend, Two Ways to Brew

The BREW: Goose Island Milk Porter

This unforgettable Milk Porter actually has its roots in a Goose Island brewing throwdown. Every year, Goose Island employees from throughout the company get the chance to dream up and brew up experimental beers alongside Goose’s top brewmasters. One winning recipe is selected to be brewed and offered in limited release as part of the brewery’s Fulton & Wood series.

In 1995, a porter aged in rum, brandy and bourbon inspired by a holiday cocktail called the Tom & Gerry won top marks in the competition and soon became a taproom favorite. The brewmasters continued to perfect the profile, adding warm and spicy notes, along with a toasted, creamy character. The result is a Milk Porter that has become a Goose Island house favorite.

Our brewmasters partnered with Goose Island Brewmaster Jared Jankoski to craft a homebrewing recipe that perfectly captures the complex flavors and character of the Goose Island original.

The result of that collaboration is an unbelievably memorable brew that evokes the creamy essence of the eggnog cocktail that inspired it, along with notes of milk chocolate, nutmeg and a big, toasty malt backbone. It also conveys the complex flavors of barrel aging that have become a Goose Island trademark…without the barrel aging. A feature the brewmasters won’t stop talking about.

Brew plenty, because this is one beer that tends to acquire a following, and you’ll want to savor it as long as you can.

The Good Stuff: Brewing & Tasting Notes


SRM: 31

IBUs: 22

ABV: 6.6%



Milk Chocolate • Approachable Roast • Smooth Body • Complex Creaminess • Malted Milk Balls

Brie • Sirloin Steak • Spicy Chicago Dog • Swiss Cheese

Brewmaster’s Tasting Notes:

Dark chocolate porter with creamy tan-colored head. There is an aroma of milk chocolate and approachable roast. The flavor is amplified by a noticeable mouth coating smoothness and a lingering wood-like aftertaste. Chocolate, roasted malt, oats and a lactose backbone further encourage a uniquely inspired porter that sips oh-so-smoothly. Think Malted Milk Balls with a crisp, delicious finish.

Brewmaster’s Pairing Ideas:

Perfect with creamy baked brie or a nicely-seared sirloin. But it’s got the character to stand up to a spicy Chicago dog, too. Its crisp finish makes it ideal for foodies who want their brew to complement the meal instead of weighing it down. And its warm notes make it the perfect match for anything chocolate. Also, smoked brisket, Stilton cheese, beef stew and vanilla ice cream.

Meet the Brewmaster

Promoted to Goose Island Brewmaster in 2015, Jared Jankoski has built his brewing career on a near-fanatical devotion to both quality and innovation.

He’s helped shape the direction of the wildly popular Bourbon County Brand Stout series from the start and tackled this project with the same creativity and expertise he brings to every other Goose Island brew.

“Being brewmaster is about a commitment to quality from raw material to packaged beer, scrutinizing every process in between to always try to improve.”

The inspiration for Goose Island’s Milk Porter is the Tom & Gerry, a holiday cocktail often mixed with rum/bourbon, sugar, warm milk and nutmeg. “This beer was made to impress many of these flavors without actually utilizing them.”

“Similarly, the recipe takes the most desirable characteristics from the many stouts I’ve made in my past and combines them for the ultimate experience. Lactose and oats for mouthfeel and flavor, and a massive dark malt backbone to drive a delicate, but delectable flavor experience.”

Beer Lovers: Brew Your Heart Out

The Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kit is unlike anything we have ever created before.

For the first time ever, homebrewers will have exclusive access to the most sought-after flagship and limited-release beers in the world, complete with first-hand insight from the world-class pro brewmasters who created them. Here’s a peek at how we worked with Goose Island brewmasters to make that vision come true.

Brew Day at Goose Island

Amazing, right? With the Brew. Share. Enjoy.® Brewery Edition Kits, your brew day won’t be anywhere near this complex. But, after exhaustive testing and tasting, we can tell you the results are spot on. Our kit is the next best thing to an all-access brew day at Goose Island itself, because we’ve worked hand-in-hand with Brewmaster Jared Jankoski to get it just right.

The Milk Porter recipe and brewing process has been perfectly scaled for homebrewing, so you’ll be able to tap into nearly 30 years of Goose Island brewing innovation behind each kit.