April 11, 2011|By Josh Noel
It wasn’t celebrating the $38 million acquisition of his family’s brewery by Anheuser-Busch – it was just a birthday party. But it ended with a bartender saying that Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall urinated into two beer glasses while standing at the bar and Hall saying he “(screwed) up big time.”
The incident Friday at Wicker Park’s Bangers & Lace, which Hall sheepishly blamed Monday on overconsumption, has generated apologies from Hall and lingering hard feelings from the bartender who said he had to clean up the urine left behind.
Already a well-known figure in craft beer circles, Greg Hall has increasingly been a public face since the company his father, John Hall, started 23 years ago was bought out by A-B, the brewing giant responsible for Budweiser. (Greg Hall, 45, said after the sale was announced that he will be leaving Goose this month to start a new venture, details of which he has yet to announce.)