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The history is a little murky depending on how you classify things, but Chicago’s Goose Island is widely credited with being the first brewery to bourbon barrel age a beer. Damn near every craft brewer in the world has one in their collection these days, but we’ll keep coming back for the original because it’s always that good. The just dropped the list of Bourbon County Stout Variants that are going to be released this year. Black Friday in Chicago is going to be a whole lot crazier than usual this year because the options this year are insane. For starters, the base Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) has been aged in a mix of Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey (a Goose first) barrels. BCBS is also going to be available in a three year vertical set with bottles from 2017, 2018 and 2019. There’s also Bourbon County Wheatwine (2018 FoBAB award-winning variant) aged 100% in Larceny wheated bourbon casks. Reserve Rye Bourbon County Stout aged in Rittenhouse Rye barrels. Bourbon County Café de Olla Stout made in partnership with Intelligentsia coffee. Bourbon County Mon Chéri Stout made with a combination of Balaton and Montmorency cherries. The return of Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout. 2-Year Reserve Bourbon County Stout that was aged 24 months in 11-year-old 25th Anniversary Knob Creek barrels. But by far the most intriguing beer on the list is the Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout that was aged for a year in 11-year-old Elijah Craig barrels before being further aged another year in 12-year-old Elijah Craig (2017 Whisky Advocate whisky of the year) barrels. As always, BCBS gets released on Black Friday in Chicago before it hits the national markets.


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