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Goose Island Chateau Noir Imperial Stout, a bottle potential

Goose Island Chateau Noir Imperial Stout

Goose Island Chateau Noir Imperial Stout is potentially on the horizon by the Chicago, Illinois brewery.

Barrel aged releases are the among the most sought after Goose Island beers. Goose Island Chateau Noir is an imperial stout, aged in Cabernet barrels for 14 months.

Dried fruit aromas and vanilla and currant tones frame the flavors of Chateau Noir. This Imperial Stout balances malty sweetness with wine-like tannins and acidity imparted by Cabernet barrels.

Goose Island Chateau Noir will be bottled in 16.9 ounce bottles (much like the Bourbon County Brand Stout). The brewery has not yet announced this beer.

Style: Imperial Stout (Wine Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 16.9 oz Bottles
Release: TBA

12% ABV

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Goose Island Pub to open in Las Vegas

The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada is the next home of Goose Island. While the spot doesn’t tout any brewing equipment, the setup will include a full restaurant, and bottles of the highly sought after Bourbon County Brand Stout. This is one of the first new pub builds after the Anheuser-Busch acquisition years ago.

“We’ve been pouring Goose Island beers at our venues for quite some time now,” said Jon Newton, vice president of food and beverage at Hard Rock Hotel. “We are honored to welcome the pub to the Hard Rock Hotel family and are excited to serve the best beers in town.”

In addition to the beer, the food lineup will look a bit like this:

  • Cast Iron Chicago Pizza Dip– marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, basil and giardiniera; served with garlic crust on the side.
  • South Side Deli– generous amount of corned beef, cole slaw, tomato and mustard made with Goose Honker’s Ale; served on rye bread with house potato chips on the side.
  • Shrimp Po Boy– fried shrimp, iceberg lettuce, tomato and creole mayo made with Goose 312 Wheat Ale; served on a hoagie roll with house potato chips on the side.

More on the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (Opens in new window.)

 

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Goose Four Star Pils debuts February 29th

Goose Island Four Star Pils

Goose Four Star Pils hits shelves on February 29th, 2016.

In 2015, Goose Island released Blue Line, the Chicago based brewery’s take on a traditional pils. The beer’s warm reception has prompted it to be re-released as Goose Four Star Pils later this month. The four stars pays homage to their Chicago, emblematic of the city’s flag.

This golden-hued pilsner has a light body, crisp hop aroma and a clean, refreshing finish, Bright refreshing carbonation mingles with German and American hops to give this pilsner a unique Goose Island spin.

Goose Four Star Pils is a draft 12oz can and bottle release, nationally.

Style: Pilsner
Hops: Mt. Hood, Meridian, Equinox
Malts: 2-Row Munich, C-20

Availability: 12oz Bottes, 12oz Cans, Draft
Release: 2/29/16

5.1% ABV, 44 IBUs

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No Goose Island Bourbon County kegs in Georgia, Coffee only

Update: Goose Island reached out to us, confirming the state will not be receiving Bourbon County Brand Stout. Unfortunately, all the lower ABV blends have been allocated. According to Goose Island, only Bourbon County Coffee will be sold this year in Georgia in 2015, as it complies with the state’s 14% ABV cap.

On Black Friday 2015, Goose Island will release their celebrated Bourbon County Brand Stout. While most of the country shops, the beer fans will be drinking 14% ABV barrel-aged imperial stout. As it stands right now, not in Georgia.

The state has a limitation on beer’s alcohol by volume, setting the cap at 14% ABV.

For the states that suffer from this limitation, there is a frationally lower ABV edition of BCBS (13.8%), that GI blends so the beer is legal to sell in those states.

The Bourbon County that finished over 14% was accidentally shipped to Georgia. From the letter send to local distributors, Anheuser Busch/Goose Island requests it not be sold in the state, and shipped back to the brewery.

We have reached out to Goose Island distributor Atlanta Beverage in regards to this issue – they tell Beer Street Journal that they are doing everything they can to swap kegs if possible in order to get Bourbon County Stout in the state.

Check back here for more as it happens.

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Goose Island Proprietors Bourbon County Brand 2015

Goose Island Proprietors Bourbon County Brand 2015

Goose Island Proprietors Bourbon County Brand 2015 returns again on Black Friday, with a few things different then last year.

First – the bottle. You’ll notice new the packaging for the line for 2015. The bottles are embossed with the Bourbon County Brand logo, with the top featuring a “flag” with the beer description.

Goose Island Proprietors Bourbon County Brand 2015 is a barrel aged imperial stout, with maple, toasted pecans, and guaillopeppers.

To get the recipe for Proprietors, every brewer is encouraged to take home some Bourbon County Stout and experiment with ingredients. This year, brewer Di’s recipe got selected.

Goose Island Proprietors Bourbon County Brand 2015 will be available on Black Friday, November 27th, in 16.9 ounce bottles in Chicago only.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Maple, Peppers, Pecans. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Release: 11/27/15, Chicago only

?? ABV

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Preview: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout will join the brewery’s coveted Bourbon County Brand this fall.

Before even breaking into what the beer is, you’ll notice new the packaging for the line for 2015. The bottles are embossed with the Bourbon County Brand logo, with the top featuring a “flag” with the beer description.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout 2015 is aged in rye whiskey barrels with blackberries, Luxardo candied cherries, fresh sour cherries, and sea salt.

Developed by the team of Goose Island brewers, this year’s recipe was especially collaborative. The brewers submitted recipes, held a roundtable discussion dissecting each and in the end landed on Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout 2015 will be available nationwide, in 16.9 ounce bottles on Black Friday, November 27th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cherries, Blackberries, Sea Salt. Barrel Aged. Rye Whiskey.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Release: 11/27/15

??? ABV

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