Year after year, Goose Island Beer Company releases Bourbon County Stout and with it comes a number of highly-anticipated limited variants, adding subtle flavors to the award-winning beer. It’s become a Black Friday tradition in Goose Island’s hometown of Chicago to release these complex variants and this year will be no different, when the brewery offers up the most limited one in five years.
Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout is a Bourbon County Stout variant aged for 12 months in 11-year-old Elijah Craig Bourbon barrels and, after that year, those barrels were emptied and the beer was put into 12-year-old Elijah Craig Bourbon barrels, which just so happened to house Whiskey Advocate’s 2017 Whiskey of the Year, for another 12 months before bottling. The result is an 18 percent ABV barrel-forward stout that Goose Island calls “incredibly intense.” A deliciously complex stout such as this one, which comes in a 16.9 ounce bottle, comes at a price, however.
To purchase the $55 bottle, drinkers must first enter an online lottery which is set to close on November 20 and winners will have to pick it up at the Fulton Street Taproom in Chicago during one of the designated times between November 29 and December 14. It’s a little excessive but that’s the only way to get it. If you’re a little unsure about forking that much over for a single beer, it might help to know that 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Erie Neighborhood House, an organization empowering the community through education, access to critical services and advocacy.
If you’re not looking to spend that much money or even make the trek to Chicago, there’s still several other variants that might be a little easier to find at your local store, or at the Philadelphia Brewhouse. Some of the other variants include the Reserve Rye, the Two-Year Reserve and the Proprietor’s version. Be careful, those variants will still put a dent on your wallet but we have to imagine they’re so good it won’t be worth sharing.