UPDATED 11/10/15 — Vintage BCBS info!
UPDATED 11/17/15 — Bloomington and Champaign info.
UPDATED 11/19/15 — Goose Island Bourbon County Snifters.
UPDATED 11/25/15 — Goose Island Bourbon County Prices.
Ah, November. The month of mustaches, cold weather, unlimited stuffing and – of course – the ultimate shopping day. We say this every year, but Goose Island has outdone themselves with an even better lineup of barrel-aged beers than ever, and an eventful Black Friday planned for beer lovers in Chicago. Binny’s locations across Chicagoland will all release Bourbon County Brand Stout when doors open on Friday, November 27, with the grandest release of them all right next door to the Goose Clybourn brewpub at our Lincoln Park location. Here’s what you need to know:
Goose Island BCBS Grand Release
Binny’s Lincoln Park
Friday, November 27th
Join us at Binny’s Chicago – Lincoln Park for the biggest Goose Island BCBS release in Chicago. How it works: People will start to line up early. Once the line forms, Goose Island staff will pass out numbered tickets. These tickets give you the chance to purchase up to the full allotment – you don’t have to take everything, but you’ll get the chance to buy two 16.9 oz bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout, plus one 16.9 oz bottle of each of the following: Barleywine, Coffee Stout, Regal Stout, Proprietor’s and Rare.
…And that’s not all. Be sure to show up early. We can’t disclose all the specifics, but those at the head of the line will have extra special perks, including Goose Island gift bags, coffee, donuts, giveaways, and even the opportunity to purchase Bourbon County varieties from previous years pulled from the vault specially for this occasion. Again – that’s just for folks at the head of the line, and only at Binny’s Lincoln Park.
UPDATE: Vintage BCBS at Grand Release
We can now confirm that Binny’s has secured a large enough allocation of vintage BCBS to allow all ticket holders in line at Binny’s Lincoln Park to purchase one 22oz or two 12oz vintage bottles of their choice. This allocation includes the following:
2009 Bourbon County Brand Stout – 22oz
2010 Bourbon County Brand Stout – 12oz
2011 Bourbon County Brand Stout – 12oz
2012 Bourbon County Brand Stout – 12oz
2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout – 12oz
2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout – 12oz
2013 Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale – 12oz
2014 Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout – 12oz
2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout Proprietor’s – 22oz
2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout Backyard Rye – 22oz
2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout Vanilla Rye – 22oz
More stuff: The most popular vintage bottles will sell out first and will not last long, but there will be something special for everyone. No, we aren’t going to publish specific allocations or prices ahead of the event.
UPDATE: Goose Island Bourbon County Snifters
Goose Island Bourbon County Snifters will be available for sale this year at all Binny’s locations. They are high-quality snifters made by Spiegelau, a prominent glassware brand. Binny’s is the only place you’ll be able to purchase these snifters, besides the Goose Island pubs. They are first come, first served while quantities last.
When will the 2015 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout variants be released?
When doors open on Friday, November 27th at all Chicagoland Binny’s locations.
Will I have to stand in line?
Yes. It’s sure to get cold, so don’t forget your hat and gloves! Protip: Head to the Binny’s Lincoln Park Goose Island BCBS Grand release where we’ll have our largest allocation. It’s no secret that Goose has increased production of their Bourbon County Brand Stout, but unfortunately we haven’t seen this increase in some of the variants – supply is limited.
Can I call my local Binny’s ahead of time?
Sure, but all of the information you need is right here. We can not hold bottles.
What can I buy?
Depending on where you are in line, we will offer the opportunity to purchase the full allotment that is available at each location. If you head to Lincoln Park, every person who receives a ticket in line will have the opportunity to purchase the full allotment.
Will the Binny’s Lincoln Park or South Loop Tasting Room bars be open?
UPDATE: Can people share open bottles or drink in line?
No. Absolutely not.
UPDATE 11/17: Will Bloomington and Champaign get all varieties?
Sorry, it looks like our distributors in Bloomington and Champaign won’t be able to get us Prop or Rare this year. We’ll have everything else, though.
What BCBS variants will be available this year?
Bourbon County Brand Stout
The one that started it all. Goose Island’s imperial stout, aged to perfection in bourbon barrels.
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine
Another Goose Island classsic, this English-Style Barleywine is aged in bourbon barrels .
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
The variant that keeps you on your toes. The 2015 incarnation features Intelligentsia Los Delirios coffee from Nicaragua.
Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout
New to the lineup, this variant was a collaborative effort among the brewers. This unique blend was brewed with with blackberry juice, cocktail cherries and sea salt, and finished in bourbon barrels.
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout
An imperial stout brewed with maple syrup aged in bourbon barrels, toasted pecans and guajillo peppers. Proprietor’s continues to be a homage to Chicago residents.
Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout
Goose Island took their classic Bourbon County Brand Stout and aged it for two years in 35-year-old Heaven Hill whiskey barrels.