Is Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout worth waiting all year for? To craft beer fans, the answer is a definitive yes.
While your family members bundle up to stand in lines at the big-box stores on Black Friday this coming November, hardcore beer aficionadoes countrywide will be queuing up at craft beer outlets for a taste of Goose Island’s latest, small-batch run.
Why are we giving you five months advanced notice?
According to the Chicago Tribune, Goose Island has just announced its 2017 lineup, and its upping the ante over last year’s four bottles to seven: Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout, Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Reserve Brand Barleywine (aged two years), and Bourbon County Reserve Brand Stout (aged in 11-year-old Knob Creek bourbon barrels).
Like the frost-bitten crop issues that tainted the wine industry this year, Goose Island dealt with a major production setback during 2015’s Bourbon County run, when some of its beers were rendered undrinkable by a rogue bacteria, per the Tribune. But they’ve since upgraded their production process and ensure a delicious new line.
Goose Island brewmaster Jared Jankowski told the Tribune, “Are we confident they’re going to be good? Yes.”
Learn more about the Bourbon County Stout line below.
Join America's Fastest Growing Spirits Newsletter THE SPILL. Unlock all the reviews, recipes and revelry — and get 15% off award-winning La Tierra de Acre Mezcal.