A year ago today, many Mid-Atlantic craft beer aficionados were rejoicing over the pre-Christmas news that the new start-up Logan Shaw Brewery then starting up in Washington, D.C. had acquired the Wild Goose brand, which had just been abandoned the previous month by Flying Dog, new owners of the brand's second home in Frederick.
In February 2011, the brewery was reportedly signing a lease on a property in Waldorf, outside the District. Earlier, the company had announced that they were searching for a contract partner to brew the beer for them until they could get their own brewery up and running. Anybody following the travails of The Raven Beer, Pratt Street Ale House, Heavy Seas, and Flying Dog will laugh at that proposal that someone in this area has the spare capacity. (Left unmentioned in this discussion is yet another brewery, with Ringwood equipment like the original Cambridge Wild Goose brewery, about which little has been heard lately, but that's another story.....)
Nothing has been heard from the principals of Logan Shaw in months. E-mails and phone calls have gone unanswered.
Is this Wild Goose finally dead, cooked, and gone?
Ironically, another "Wild Goose" has shown up in craft brewing--Wild Goose Engineering in Boulder, Colorado is now designing and building canning lines for craft breweries, including a new system installed this past summer at Breckenridge Brewing.