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Plenty of big box stores have decided they will remain closed on Thanksgiving and cut back on the usual Black Friday shenanigans, but one tradition will remain the same–the annual release of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Variants. The crowds are going to be decidedly smaller on account of the pandemic, but this year’s variants more than make up for it. The original barrel-aged stout is getting an overhaul this year that will make it more sought after than ever with seven different variants. The traditional Bourbon County Stout keeps it classic with aging in barrels from Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey. Bourbon County Kentucky Fog Stout is the brand’s first “tea-inspired variant” with flavors from local Kilogram Tea. Bourbon County Special #4 Stout with a hit of Ethiopian coffee beans from Intelligentsia Coffee. Bourbon County Caramella Ale aged in Larceny Wheated Bourbon barrels. Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout “inspired by third-generation Italian American brewer Emily Kosmal’s love of spumoni.” Birthday Bourbon County Stout that is aged in, of all things, incredibly rare Old Forester Birthday Bourbon barrels. Anniversary Bourbon County Stout aged for two full years in Weller 12 barrels from Buffalo Trace. We haven’t tried any of the new variants yet, but based on the descriptions alone, they all knock it out of the park.

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