A Real Nice Surprise by Goose Island Beer Co. in Illinois, United States

About A Real Nice Surprise by Goose Island Beer Co.

A Real Nice Surprise draws inspiration from two holiday classics – eggnog and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. When Goose Island's brewers sat under the train tracks sipping on the infamous, and high-octane, Tom & Jerry the team knew the flavors of eggnog, rum and bourbon needed to find a home in a holiday beer. A Real Nice Surprise starts life as a rich porter brewed with chocolate malts that is then aged in a combination of rum, bourbon, and brandy barrels for two months resulting in a smooth, creamy beer that you will love. So curl up next to a fire, have a sip, and enjoy the holiday spirit because this beer is a surprise…A Real Nice Surprise.  


Our famous beer began with a trip across Europe, when Goose Island founder (and unabashed beer lover) John Hall took a tour across the continent. Pint by pint, he savored the styles and selections of brews in every region, and thought to himself, “America deserves some damn fine beer like this, too.”

Goose Island Beer Co. makes A Real Nice Surprise American Porter