Stout aged in bourbon barrels – an experiment born at Chicago’s own Goose Island Brewing Company. Bold aromas, layered complexity and rich mouthfeel all made Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout one of the most treasured beers on the market. Binny’s is proud to continue the tradition of hosting one the largest annual releases of this iconic beer for nearly a decade. Over the years we’ve seen its fanbase swell, with devotees desparate for details on each year’s unique variants. The Beer Buzz paid Goose Island a visit for a sneak peek at the 2017 Goose Island Bourbon County lineup. Surrounded by barrels in their massive new warehouse, we drew our first tastes.
In an unassuming red brick building in the Garfield Park neighborhood, thousands of beer filled bourbon barrels lay carefully resting. While most contain expressions of their renowned Bourbon County Stout, many others are filled with experimental brews. While big bourbon character stands at the forefront of BCS, the Goose Island Cooper Project takes a more delicate approach. A shorter time in wood imparts nuanced bourbon notes, while still allowing the base beer to shine. Like Cooper Project No. 1, every drop of this Blonde Doppelbock is carefully crafted and patiently aged right here in Chicago.
UPDATED 11/21/16 — Vintage BCBS info!
UPDATED 11/22/16 — 2015 BCBS Rare!
Who’s ready for another exciting #GooseBlackFriday? We sure are! Binny’s locations across Chicagoland will all release Bourbon County Brand Stout when doors open on Friday, November 25, with the grandest release of them all right next door to the Goose Clybourn brewpub at our Lincoln Park location. If you’re familiar with last year’s release, not much has changed. If you’re a Black Friday first-timer – here’s what you need to know:
It’s that time of year again!
Join us at Binny’s Lincoln Park for Black Friday, November 29th. Doors open at 9am. We’ll release the 2013 batch of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, along with this year’s variants: Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, Backyard Rye Bourbon County Stout, & Proprietor’s Reserve.