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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand releases '13

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by PsilohsaiBiN, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Same here... All the stores I know had a few left in July are all tapped out.
  2. vande

    vande Advocate (555) Illinois Jan 26, 2007

    Yesterday. [J/k]

    I'm surprised no one offered up the Smurfberry option on variances for this year's bomber selection...
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  3. Have them send it to Michigan. ;-)​
  4. roger617

    roger617 Savant (410) Indiana Jun 1, 2013 Verified

    I was told the schnozberries are going to make a rare appearance this year.
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  5. hey5hitgoose

    hey5hitgoose Savant (350) Illinois Feb 28, 2013 Verified

    holy shit
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  6. sidetracked

    sidetracked Initiate (0) Illinois Nov 9, 2009

    Kind of weird response considering some of the 2013 BCBS release has already been bottled and is slated for Black Tuesday release: http://instagram.com/p/dP1BuRkD0a/
  7. hey5hitgoose

    hey5hitgoose Savant (350) Illinois Feb 28, 2013 Verified

    yeah, but last year, i believe there were three different bottling dates on bcbs. so maybe the total yield has yet to be determined?
  8. Black Tuesday???
  9. Dupage25

    Dupage25 Savant (375) Antarctica Jul 4, 2013

    The 2012 bottlings were August 23, September 6, September 17, September 20, September 27, November 8.
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  10. pmarlowe

    pmarlowe Advocate (720) District of Columbia Nov 27, 2010 Verified

    Wasn't the 2012 production already something like 5x that of 2011? If so, wow. Kudos to GI.
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  11. I wonder when we'll see the shortage of bourbon barrels, just as we now see with a number of hops...
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  12. salzar

    salzar Initiate (0) California Dec 27, 2008

    from source. If GI was turning over 4,000 barrels a year it would only be a 0.4%. I would be surprised if craft beer used 5% of the available fresh new barrels. Some highly desired brands of barrels will be more expensive and harder to get.
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  13. There are other things now aged in bourbon barrels--coffee, hot sauce, fruit preserves, even pickles, not to mention liquor and wine. And the barrel-aging foodie fad is on the rise. And the numbers are a bit misleading--an increased amount of bourbon is being aged longer, not just for the basic brands (like the ones used later for beer aging) but for premium brands, such as single-barrel and bonded labels (as is the case with all domestic liquor--it's not just bourbon and beer that saw premium brands on the rise over the past decade). There is currently no shortage of wood or barrels, but, if the trends keep up for another decade, that shortage is coming and prices will rise.
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  14. Its like nobody listens to you if there is no avatar....blessing and a curse.
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  15. pitweasel

    pitweasel Advocate (550) New York Jun 11, 2007


    Sold in cans only.
  16. Heard a hot new rumor about BCBDS - Bourbon County Brand Dip Stout.

    Blend of Copenhagen, Skoal, and Redman aged with BCBS in bourbon barrels.
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  17. PopnLoads

    PopnLoads Savant (450) Illinois Jun 1, 2012 Verified

    Bourbon County Barry Sanders. *

    *Ages three years short of potential.
  18. Spider889

    Spider889 Advocate (720) Ohio Mar 24, 2010 Verified

    For the locals, is there BCBS on shelves in Chicago atm or is the demand still too high? I'll be in town in a week and would love to track down a 4 pack if possible.
  19. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Advocate (620) California Jul 7, 2012 Verified

    A cat wearing a hat told me
    "they were releasing a variant with SNOZBERRIES" and it will be a monster whale
    also hear about one brewed by oompa loompas with everlasting flavor

  20. Seriously lol'd at that one.
  21. I'd definitely grab a handful of those cans for sure
  22. PopnLoads

    PopnLoads Savant (450) Illinois Jun 1, 2012 Verified

  23. salzar

    salzar Initiate (0) California Dec 27, 2008

    12-year barrels, not 25-year.
  24. HighLowJack

    HighLowJack Advocate (525) Massachusetts Jun 5, 2013 Verified

    and it will be ready in a couple years!
  25. Yeah... 12-year makes a lot more sense than 25-year barrels. Those are very few in the US among Bourbon distillers. Now, Scotch, Armagnac and Absinthe could be interesting...
  26. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (705) Florida Jul 15, 2011 Verified

    He says 12 year, but then corrects himself to 25 year. 25 year old barrels are rare, hence why this is going to be the second Rare...
  27. So GI confirmed to a BA member via e-mail that they are producing 4x the amount of BCBS than in '12. Wow, I had been told they planned to up production, but did not expect it to be that much. I thought more in the realm of 25-50% more. That's a hell of an increase, not that I'm complaining about it.
    My craft contact at the GI distributor went out to Chicago to visit the brewery. He said you could stack the barrels they have 5-6 high and they'd still run the length of 2 city blocks. Guess they have enough barrels to up production by 400%, otherwise there's no reason to do it.
    I would rather see them make more of the Coffee and another variant than just BCBS, though. I look at it this way: last year I got 3cs of BCBS at my store but none of the Coffee or Cherry Rye. If they up production by 400%, instead of seeing 12cs* of BCBS I would rather it be 5cs with 2-3cs of Coffee and 1-2cs of the other variant. Something like that, if it's possible for them to do it.
    *-doesn't mean previous markets see that increase directly as GI may enter new markets, just using numbers to make a point
  28. Everything I got out of this thread, is that no one knows anything. Amirite?
  29. Its a good sign that Coffee and the Barleywine will be available in four packs.
  30. Sesmu

    Sesmu Savant (360) Massachusetts Feb 28, 2007 Verified

    I doubt it. I'm not sure Heaven Hill has any 25 y.o. whiskey right now. If I'm not mistaken, last time they released a 25 year old was Rittenhouse and that was 4 years ago.
  31. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Savant (420) Illinois May 6, 2012

    Might be able to find an over priced 4 pack, although I don't know where. If you want it on tap, hit up South Loop Binnys. I think their goal was to keep it on tap full time....
  32. MisterBisco

    MisterBisco Advocate (600) New York Feb 18, 2009 Verified

    I don't care what they make of what. All regular BCBS would still be my personal release of the year, and the variants just make it more awesome. The base beer is so fantastic, and they layer flavors with the special releases so perfectly, I have a hard time not giggling like a schoolgirl when I think of this whole collection of beers.

    That said, I'm hoping to for BCBSL - Bourbon County Brand Stout Lite. Less Filling!
  33. jageraholic

    jageraholic Advocate (500) Massachusetts Sep 16, 2009 Verified

    I loved the Stone Mint Stout, but I'm not sure mint and bourbon would go together. It'd be like brushing your teeth than doing a shot of bourbon.
  34. OptionParalysis

    OptionParalysis Savant (335) New York Jul 12, 2013 Verified


    Well, in my head i'm picturing a subtle hint of mint... enough of it where the hints of vanilla from the barrel aging would compliment the taste as a whole and all it's roasty chocolate excellence. I'm not thinking of something that slams the palate right upfront, just the thought of BCBCTS (Bourbon County Brand Colgate Toothpaste Stout) is sickening!

    But seriously, I'd dig some Bourbon County Mint Chocolate Stout for sure.
  35. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Savant (420) Illinois May 6, 2012

    Perennial's BA Mint chocolate stout was pretty tasty. I admit I was thinking he same as you but their version was quite good.
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  36. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Verified

    Nice, send some to NC.
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  37. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Savant (420) Illinois May 6, 2012

    I am sure we can work something out again Dale ;)
  38. VTMoondog

    VTMoondog Aficionado (180) Vermont Apr 14, 2013

    I wish it would float it's way into my cellar. :)

    On that note...I also hope 2013 distribution will be more evenly spread out. It's just as insane that it was gone in a day last year, here in Vt, and it's still sitting on shelves collecting dust all over NY. Makes no sense.
  39. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Advocate (705) New York Aug 10, 2010 Verified

    Some of it already has! '13 will be here soon!!
  40. UtisTheLaw

    UtisTheLaw Advocate (550) Arizona Jul 26, 2012 Verified

    Part of the increase in production is due to expansion to other markets like Texas. (Assuming we actually get any BCBS distro)