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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by jegross2, Nov 7, 2012.
Homer. *you live in Vanillatown*
Adam from the Wood? I had to Google it.
How do the bramble and the Cherry Rye compare to the Caftw? I too love it to no end but haven't had the Goose Island Cherry variants. Jealous of the event by the way.
They're really completely different experiences, but for me, I really appreciate the way tart fruits interact with the bourbon barrel oakiness and sweetness. Some find this contrast to be cough syurp-like and medicinal, but I just cant get enough of it.
Aged Adam has a smokiness and burnt sugar flavor that BCBS just doesn't have. I love Cherry AftW because of the balance between tart cherry and the smoky flavors in the base beer. Just a tremendously complex brew. Even "regular" Adam is incredible after a two or so years.
Bramble and Cherry Rye have that same tart sweetness of the fruit up front, but the mid-palate fades to everything you love about regular bourbon county (molasses, oak, vanilla), and finishes with that hot bourbon burn. That heat with the sweetness of the fruit is just something that I love about those beers.
Disclaimer: tart cherries, raspberries, and blackberries are my favorite fruits outside of beers
Unlike Coffee which oxidizes in a negative way, the Vanilla just faded so that folks like me (who thought it smelled like Yankee candle fresh) are really enjoying it 2 years out from its release.
Anyone receive phone calls yet from Goose Island about when we can pick up our Glassware?
Huge props to BA lurker Scott who used superb detective skills to reunite me with my BCS bomber. Happy happy joy joy!
"Hey man, did some thorough analysis - fingerprinting, blood spatter, the works. Turns out I stole your bomber from under your bar stool while you were sitting in it."
Good to hear.
My story also has a happy ending as I got my bomber and BCS glass thanks to the very nice management at GI Clybourn.
Lol ok here's the story. I get out of the 6pm session and sit down at an empty stool at a corner of GI's bar which has a lonely-looking jacket sitting there, ownerless. I need a hook for my brown bag with bomber so place it under this jacket which doesn't look like it's going anywhere. In the meantime on the perpendicular side of the bar I chat with a couple of cool guys, one of whom I later learn is named Scott. Chat beer for a while, I mention posting on BA this morning about cherry rye @ south loop. Scott and buddy take off and I fail to notice hat he grabs the jacket and bag right next to my seat. He assumed it was his bag, I later assume it's stolen. Thankfully he gets home and realizes he has two bombers and proceeds to track down rightful owner through aforementioned BA post. So simple misunderstanding.
My bad? His bad? As I told him, none of us were particularly clear-headed at that point
Your bad... He's a saint.
Protect the beer people. I have little sympathy for guys who lose track of their beers at releases/tasting events, especially you Frank.
Fair enough. I looked down on all the folks complaining about stolen Dark Lord '12 bombers. Now I know what it feels like, thankfully with happier results. The reality is sometimes your #1 priority isn't the beer, it's socializing. And if the beer walks away, you'll grieve its loss and live to drink another beer, another day.
And yes, Scott's a saint! Or a guardian angel, even. He got some stuff from my cellar for his much-appreciated efforts.
We couldn't all take off at 1:30. Some of us had to do some real drinking.
stolen dark lord '12? joke's on the thief.
those pours look awfully small for 70 bucks....refills i hope?
Bomber of 09 bourbon county - $20
Bourbon County Glass - $10
Meeting someone who's job title is "Barrel Wrangler" - Priceless
seriously though worth every penny
They're standard beer academy pour sizes. This is why I wasn't too anxious to get in on the event.
my dark lord wasnt stolen but my rye'd the lightning was.... I think I was more P'd about that especially too since I think it was the dude I gave a decent sample of my Abraxas too.
not this again..... you guys missed out on an awesome event that really wasn't overpriced considering the little speeches, brewing lessons, and amazing deserts no one is talking about. I probably would have paid a hundred bucks but only if you could guarantee that scary guy would scream at people talking again too.
Yeah those were legit desserts. Prob a $8 value if you bought the three of them from a pastry shop.
So here is how it shook out for me.
$20 2009 BCS
$10 BCS snifter
Leaves roughly $40 for the tasting and the discussion/lecture. Was a fair deal in my eyes, especially when you consider the Rare pour was worth about $10 on its own. Your own entertainment and enjoyment is worth something too.
Rare and KH will never be made again, Laffler has just left GI, this an event that will never be able to be recreated - I'm so happy I was able to go. Fuckin priceless.
three seats over from me was empty and half way through we realized no one was drinking the ghost's samples so the very kind women next to me (Kate or something) decided to grab them and distribute them amongst the people around. My wife was given a rare because she plowed through it first and she was kinda enough to give me half of it... so technically I got 1.5 samples of rare. Thank you mysterious/wondrous kate whomever/wherever u are.
Not arguing the value of the event, but never say it couldn't be recreated as far as the samples go. Goose obviously has a ton of shit stored up as they kept adding new sessions. This may be the only one, or maybe they realized how many people love their beer and were willing to shell out a good amount of money to get it. I could see something like this happening again. Not with Laffler, but everyone was there for the beer and I assume took all the brewer talk as a bonus.
i know you hate them already, just send me your BCBS snifter.
If anybody needs another 09, the guy that called me sexist (and was reported as a Bad Trader on his other name) has his for trade.
And screw you guys, i totally left the FFF Anny party without any bottles
i saw that trade last night. was going to post and link to that bad trader link. you know, as a beware of trader thing for other BA's.
I was surprised I didn't see more 09's for trade.
What was the total ticket sales for this event? It looked like it sold out quick, but then they released more tickets later?
It goes without saying that Goose Island OBVIOUSLY has a LOT of King Henry, Rare etc. still stocked.
No way in hell they would give away any decent portion of their stash.
They probably have enough to do 100 more tastings like this and still not blink twice at the stash left over.
Only a matter of time before Rare and King Henry are re-released to select stores/bars.
Seriously doubt they will re-release any Rare / King Henry to stores / bars. Those things are kept for a few reasons including tastings like this one, quality control checks, etc...
Sun times article about John leaving mentions that it sold 60 tickets a session for six sessions. 75 bucks a pop.
10:00, 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00.
Was there one more?
5 sessions x 60 tickets x 75$ each = $22,500
Not bad for one day. Beer doesnt cost them hardly anything...Desserts made in house dont cost very much...Labor for a few guys.....Not a bad business venture at all......
They have a pretty penny to spend on Christmas gifts now hehehe
lol @ the gentleman in the front left. Not making the best use of his $40 lecture... Unless hes texting notes to his gf. Or was it the silky smooth BA voice of laffler that put him to sleep?
A while back my friend took a tour of Goose Island and took several pictures from their storage area and at that time they had a lot of King Henry.
Oops. My bad. You are correct.
No worries dude! I thought you were quoting the article.
So did I. Internet is out at home and was recalling from memory. Iso of a larger phone to Internet.
This pic was taken in the Spring. Look at the pallets of KH on the left.