UPDATE: The two 2015 Goose Island Bourbon County variations that have been approved for sale in Texas are the original Bourbon County Brand Stout and the Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout. Beer lovers here are missing out on a couple of the others from the 2015 lineup. The tap list at the bottom of this post has been updated to reflect these changes.
EARLIER: Beer lovers are frenzied on Black Friday, too — but instead of hunting for the coolest gadget they can get for cheap, they’re after Goose Island beers, the rarest of which traditionally release the day after Thanksgiving.
Regularly considered one of the top beers on review sites like BeerAdvocate, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout often flies off the shelves at retail stores on Black Friday and subsequent days. But this year, Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is offering that beer and other sought-after ones in the Goose Island portfolio two days beforehand, on Nov. 25.
“Holy cow, it’s a Goose Island invasion in the very best way!” a Banger’s Facebook event invite crows about the tap takeover.
Going out on one of the busiest bar nights of the year (which has earned the day before Thanksgiving the unoriginal but telling moniker of “Black Wednesday”) might seem like a bad idea, but Banger’s Goose Island tap list might change your mind. In addition to having a variety of the beers on draft, the Rainey Street bar is offering bottles of Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout 2015 that’s been aged for two years in 35-year-old Heaven Hill whiskey barrels.
Here’s the full Goose Island tap list (which you can get more background on in this Chicago Tribune article):
2014 Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Rye
2015 Brand Stout
2013 Brand Barleywine
2014 Brand Coffee Stout, made with Intelligentsia’s Los Delirios Nicaraguan coffee bean
2013 Madam Rose
The event celebrating the Chicago brewery’s best brews starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at 79 Rainey St. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bangersaustin.