Bourbon County Brand Barleywine 2015 – Goose Island Beer Company


Over the last few years I have been able to try Goose Island Beer Co’s Bourbon County Brand Stout.  The Bourbon County Brand Stout is an amazing Imperial Stout but I have finally been able to try this Chicago breweries “Bourbon County Brand Barleywine” 2015 vintage.  The beer pours a deep brownish red with a brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, molasses, caramel,  candied sugar, sweet vanilla and some wood from the barrel aging.  The flavour is of plums, dark fruits, molasses, caramel, candied sugar, toffee, vanilla, wood and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 12.9% with an IBU of 60.  Much like the Stout the Barleywine is epic with tons of amazing flavour and if you can find a bottle buy it and drink it!

Commercial Description:  Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging.

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Goose Island Beer Co Migration Week – Wildebeest


Goose Island Brewing of Chicago have been slowly pushing into Canada since 2014.  Things are about to change though as the brewery is now making a big push into Canada.  As the brewery puts it they are Migrating into Canada with their Migration Week.

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Two events were held in Vancouver for this occasion one being a smaller industry event that I attended and one being more public that I couldn’t.  Goose Island Beer Co may be owned by AB-InBev but don’t let that push you away from the brewery as they are still making great beer and i don’t see that changing.  Some of their core brands are not longer made in house if they were easily scaled up but things like Matilda, Sophie and the Bourbon Country lines are still brewed on site at the brewery in Chicago.  The Chicago brewery is still massive with a 60HL brewhouse with more production volume than local breweries Central City Brewers & Distillers or Parallel 49 Brewing.

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Seeing as Vancouver is one of the biggest Craft Beer markets in Canada Goose Island Beer Co brought their Migration Week to the city.  Only Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal had events in Canada this year.  The brewery brought with it one of their Chicago brewers and some of their educators to help spread the word about their beer and inform about their brand.  They brought along a selection of beers including Matilda, Sofie, Goose IPA, Honkers Ale, Bourbon County Brand Stout and Autumn Ale.  To say the people attending this event were excited to find Bourbon County Brand Stout on tap would be an understatement as this is a very highly sought after beer!  Each beer had a food pairing created by the chefs at Wildebeest and all tasted amazing together!  From the impression given they look to be pushing much if not all of their beer into Canada in the future.  Bourbon Country with an alcohol content of between 14% and 15% will take a little more work for them as our tax laws do not consider this a beer but fear not as beers of 18%+ have been or are for sale in British Columbia.

When big American Breweries push their way into Vancouver, BC and Canada it just reinforces what a growth market Craft Beer is in Canada.  We may be small in numbers but we sure are thirsty!  Goose Island Beer Co’s push into Canada should be exciting to both the casual craft fan and the uber geek alike!  Cheers to more great beer spreading to all reaches of North America!  I look forward to seeing what they have in store for us next.

Check out BeerMeBC’s for another perspective on the event.

Full sized photos found here.

Goose Island Beer Co
http://www.gooseisland.com
http://www.gooseisland.com/migrationWeek.html
1800 W Fulton St
Chicago, USA

Wildebeest
http://wildebeest.ca/
120 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
604 687 6880
eat@wildebeest.ca

Bourbon County Brand Stout 2013 – Goose Island Beer Company (Aged 1 Year+)


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their highly sought after “Bourbon County Brand Stout”.  This beer has been aged in bourbon barrels and bottled on November 8th, 2013.  Don’t let the fact that AB InBev purchased this brewery in 2011 keep you away from this brew as it would be a serious mistake.  The beer pours a opaque black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, roasted malts, sweetness and alcohol.  The flavour is of toffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, tobacco, maybe some leather, raisins, sweetness and lots of alcohol warmth.  The beer comes in at a huge 14.9% alcohol (yes you heard that correctly) with an IBU of 60.  This is no tame stout and one bottle is probably enough to get you going!  I would say this is one of the best stouts that I have every consumed and I have had many stouts.

Commercial Description:  Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.

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