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21st September 2022

Celebrate Cask Ale Week at Nicholson’s pubs with Goose Island and Magic Rock Brewing

Goose Island and Magic Rock Brewing are celebrating Cask Ale Week at Nicholson’s Pubs with two exclusive collaboration beers to bring the American flare to the classic British style ‘cask ale’

Cask Ale Week, the annual celebration of Britain’s national drink, cask beer, is returning from 22nd September until 2nd October.

To mark the occasion, Goose Island and Magic Rock Brewing have collaborated on two exclusive new beers, Magic Gander and Pond Hop. The two new beers make up “The Migration Series” using American hops to bring their flavour and flare to the classic British style ‘cask ale.’

Magic Gander is a golden ale – a very simple, subtle, balanced, easy drinking beer with soft notes showcasing both the British and US hops. Soft floral citrus and gentle apricot aromas combine with subtle pine, stone fruits and spice.

Pond Hop is an American Brown Ale -inspired by the English Brown Ale, but with a malty tribute to American beer styles. With hints of currants, caramel and spices on the nose, it has a nutty flavour with distinguished bitterness and a dark syrup sweetness.

The two breweries have also partnered with Nicholson’s Pubs to host ‘Meet the brewer’ events at two of London’s top pubs; The Globe (Moorgate), Doggett’s Coat and Badge (Blackfriars Bridge). A third session will take place at The Old White Swan in York.

The events are open to everyone, and will see expert brewers from both Magic Rock and Goose Island hosting tasting sessions and overseeing games of Goose Island Corn Hole to be in the chance to win free merchandise including Goose Island and Magic Rock collaboration tote bags and T-shirts.

Meet the brewer sessions

  • The Globe (Moorgate) – 22nd September 2022, 13:30 – 16:30
  • Doggett’s Coat and Badge (Blackfriars Bridge) – 23rd September 2022, 16:00 – 19:00
  • The Old White Swan (York) – 29th September 2022, 16:00 – 19:00

In addition to the events and collaboration beers – Goose Island is bringing its expertly crafted beers to drinkers across the country, with a tap takeover across 78 Nicholson’s pubs.

The new collaboration beers will be accompanied across the tap takeover by a selection of three of Goose Island’s classic beers, including Midway (Session IPA), Today’s Haze (Hazy Session IPA), IPA (Indian Pale Ale) and Golden Goose (Lager).

 For more information on how to celebrate Cask Ale Week, including how to find a participating venue near you, visit:


If anyone in the guild would like to attend the ‘Meet the Brewer’ sessions or to claim a complementary gift card to try the “Migration Series” courtesy of Nicholson’s Pubs, please contact 

Press release from Mitchells & Butlers.

For further information, please contact Kimberley Owen via