UPDATE: Win Goose Island's BCS Black Friday beers!

UPDATE: Win Goose Island's BCS Black Friday beers!
Featuring, from left, Backyard Rye BCS, Coffee Stout, original Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Brand Barley Wine, and Proprietor's BCS.


Okay, did you know if you aren't careful when you paste a formula in a spreadsheet, you'll paste it into a MILLION rows instead of the 244 with my entrants? Anyway, the randomly selected winners are Jan Jan Vales and Stephanie Hull! Once I have your contact info, a Goose guy will be in touch to send a package of 2013 Bourbon County Stouts! (This depends, of course, on your eligibility to have beer shipped to your home addresses). I will be favoriting some of the other interesting posts, and answering some of your questions on this blog later on.

THANK YOU to everyone who participated! If you missed out on this event, Bourbon County Stout will be pouring at other events around town for a while now. I usually put a "BCS" tag in any events article listing a tapping, so you can find it by keeping hold of this link: www.chicagonow.com/the-beeronaut/tag/bcs/
And if you substitute "BCS" with "KBS"?


Contest is now closed. I just need to figure how to collect all the Facebook comments and do a random sort.

Pasting ALL the comments into a spreadsheet, after weeding out duplicates, which will have a random number generator applied. I do this scientifically! Winners will be "personal messaged" from my facebook.com/Beeronaut page!

The powers-that-be have decided, and in retrospect I have to agree, that a "VIP Pass" allowing people to cut ahead of a Black Friday shopping line might not be the greatest idea. And you know other beer writers have been offered this chance to give away "cutsies." So I've been asked to end the contest sooner. I will stop taking entrants and hold by drawing at 9:00 pm CST tonight. Instead of a VIP Pass, the winners will get a package of the 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout beers sent to them!  Read that again. Let it sink in. And get that name in!

For the fourth year in a row, Goose Island will have Black Friday shoppers lining up for a little more cheery in "Black:" their Bourbon County Brand Stout Release. While the sold-out main event is at Goose Island's Clybourn brewpub, but it happens that you can still get a hold of some rare BCS variations just around the corner. And I can help get you there.

Binny's Beverage Depot, 1720 N Marcy St., Chicago, just around the corner, will be selling the 2013 release of Bourbon County Brand Stout (gotta throw in "Brand" once in awhile in respect for "appellation," as there is a Bourbon County, Kentucky). The Binny's sale runs from 9:00 - 11:00 am, but fans have lined up starting about 6:00 am. Other Bourbon County Stout releases will be taking place in New York, San Francisco and Austin, TX.

The line for special version of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout available at Binny's in 2012.

The line for special version of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout available at Binny's in 2012.

The originator of the entire bourbon-barrel aged beer category, BCBS is an imperial stout that was first produced in 1992 in honor of the 1,000th beer batch at the brewpub. Since that inaugural BCBS brewing, Goose Island has released several Bourbon County Brand variants, including Coffee, Vanilla, Bramble Rye, and Cherry Rye. This year's vintage includes the following variants:

  • Bourbon County Brand Stout, 14.5% alcohol by volume, sold in four packs of 12-ounce bottles.
  • Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout is brewed using coffee roasted from Intelligentsia Coffee, GI's next-door neighbor at the Fulton Street brewery. Each year, the brewers and roasters select a new bean. In 2013, it's ‘Los Inmortales’ coffee beans from El Salvador. The beans were roasted and cold brewed just days before being blended into the stout. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years. 14.3 % abv. Sold in four packs of 12-ounce bottles.
  • Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is new in 2013 and is aged in third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then Bourbon County Brand Stout. This traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. 14.2%  abv, sold in four packs of 12 ounce bottles.
  • Backyard Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout is new for 2013 and was inspired by berries the brewers first remember eating from the trees in their backyards. Aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with fresh mulberries, marionberries, and boysenberries. Sold in 22-ounce bombers.
  • In addition, Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout is a small batch brewed exclusively for Chicago, to show the brewers' immense gratitude to the loyal and adventurous fans whose support helped bring Bourbon County Brand Stout to towering new heights. In 2013 it was aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with coconut toasted by hand by the Goose Island brewers. 22-ounce bombers.

So why should I want to induce anyone to get in line for these exclusive beers? How about if I grant one of my readers the gift of "cutsies?"

Thanks to an offer by Goose Island's PR people, I have two VIP passes, which will allow the holder to get to the front of the line and avoid waiting outside for hours. But of course, you'll still want to get there when Binny's opens, before they sell out. I get to give away a package of the 2013 Bourbon County Stouts to two readers!

To enter: Just add your two cents to the Facebook comment form below this article. Deadline is noon (CST) Tuesday, Nov. 26. 9:00 pm (CST) Monday, November 25 Yep, short notice, but it's to make up for having to scuttle people's plans. At 9:00 I'll pick two random names and PM them for their mailing address, and forward that to the proper people. Then you'll get notified about how to get your pass. This event is only at the Marcy St. Binny's. So if you were counting on whipping out these brews this weekend to show up that cousin who killed, plucked, brined and fried the turkey by himself, you may be out of luck. But when a guy with a panel truck and a clipboard knocks on your door to deliver beer, you will be seen as ten different kinds of awesome.

To learn more about Goose Island's Black Friday event locations in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Austin, visit www.gooseisland.com, Facebook and on Twitter (@GooseIsland).

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