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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Experience

Join us at Canterbury Park as we celebrate the rich imperial Stout from the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout series. These exclusive Stouts are blended from a mix of bourbon barrels, each aged in freshly emptied barrels for 8-14 months. The sampling experience will include 12 limited edition Bourbon County Stouts that were produced from 2015 – 2021.

Friday, January 28, 2022
5:30 – Doors Open
6pm – 9pm

Your Ticket Includes:
• 12 Bourbon County Stout beers to sample
• Food Pairings throughout the evening
• Complimentary Snifter Glass
• Bourbon Sampling
• Meet the Barrel Guys
• $10 Free Play at the Touchscreen Blackjack Zone in the Card Casino
And more!

Tasting Schedule:
6 PM – 7 PM –
‘16, ‘18, ’20, ‘18 Bramble Rye
7 PM – 8 PM – ‘15, ‘17, ’19, ‘21
8 PM – 9 PM – Variants ’21 Cola, ’21 Cherry Wood, ‘ 19Wheatwine , ‘19 Café De Olla

$100 – Stout Enthusiast (Now – December 19)
$125 – Stout Enthusiast (December 19 – January 28)
$40 – Non Stout Drinker

*Not a Stout Drinker, don’t miss out on the fun! Join us for $40, cash bar will be open for your beverage of choice!

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21+ Event, Space is limited, buy early.

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Descriptions of Stouts available:

2015 – Back in 1979 the folks at Heaven Hill Distilleries filled a handful of new freshly charred American white oak barrels with some of their finest whiskey. It is rare for Bourbon to age in barrels for more than twenty-three years. But these barrels patiently sat for over thirty years. The extra years developed a distinct and complex character that makes them truly one-of-a kind. They filled those barrels with Bourbon County Brand Stout, and then stored them away in our Chicago Barrel House to age for two more years.

2016 – Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at the 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.

2017 – Aged in 11-year-old Knob Creek® Bourbon barrels, the Small Batch Bourbon created by Booker himself in 1992, this beer is simultaneously a celebration of Knob Creek’s 25th Anniversary and a toast to the chance encounter that brought Bourbon County Brand Stout to the world. Cheers!

2018 – Aged in 4+ year old Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels, the original bourbon barrel aged stout is as good as when we first made it over 20 years ago. Flavors of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, almond, cherry, plus leather and tobacco flavors permeate this complex beer that deepens with each sip.

2018 Bramble Rye – This variant was aged in rye whiskey barrels, then added raspberry and blackberry juice and puree from Michigan and Washington. The process resulted in complex jammy fruit notes that are prominent but well integrated with the caramel and chocolate flavors of the beer and spicy rye character from the barrels.

2019 – The 2019 Bourbon County Stout, aged in a mix of Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey barrels, yields a rich, complex mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa, fudge, vanilla, caramel, almond, plus leather and tobacco, permeate this beer and deepen with each sip.

2019 Cafe De Olla – Created in partnership with Intelligentsia Coffee, Café de Olla is inspired by the traditional Mexican beverage of the same name. Coffee beans and cold coffee were added to Original Bourbon County Stout and then enhanced this beer further through additions of cassia bark, orange peel, and panela sugar. The resulting beer is layered in complexity. Coffee and orange permeate the nose and are followed by notes of cinnamon, chocolate, and a pleasant sweetness.

2019 Wheatwine – Bourbon County Caramella Ale: Caramella or ‘candy’ in Italian is a wheatwine aged in Larceny Wheated Bourbon barrels with apple, cinnamon, and natural caramel flavor added after aging. Just like last year, the sweet smoothness from the Larceny Wheated Bourbon barrels adds a lingering warmth that complements the added flavor nuance

2020 – The 2020 Bourbon County Stout is aged in a mix of bourbon barrels from a variety of whiskey distilleries. Barrel-aged for a year to develop the complexity that only time can provide, Bourbon County Stout boasts a unique blend of flavors such as fudge, vanilla and caramel — topped off with a rich, complex mouthfeel.

2021 – The rich Imperial Stout is blended from a mix of bourbon barrels from distilleries such as Heaven Hill, Wild Turkey, and Buffalo Trace, each aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels for 8-14 months. Expect flavors of chocolate and vanilla, oak, whiskey, and molasses, followed by caramel, berry fruit, and almond.

2021 Cherry Wood – The versatility of the cherry wood and honeycomb shape allowed for maximum flavor extraction, revealing complex characteristics like red fruit, ripe cherry, and light toffee, which are not found in the original oak barrel itself. The result is an amazing elevation and a notable difference from the Original Bourbon County Stout.

2021 Cola – Brewers Paul Cade and Jason Krasowski bonded over their love for a classic cola while creating the Classic Cola Stout. Combining the refreshing nature of classic cola and picking up the flavor profile from a whisky cola, adding lime and orange juice and zest, plus coriander, cassia bark, nutmeg, brown sugar, and vanilla to bring out the complex characters of the classic drink. This is the ultimate twist on a whiskey cola and a must-try for Bourbon County Stout, cola, or whiskey/cola lovers.