Bourbon County Stout Lottery Details Emerging

Bourbon County Stout Lottery Details Emerging
The 2020 Bourbon County Stout lineup.

Wednesday, people who won the lottery for a chance to purchase Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout were notified by e-mail. Now details are slowly emerging about changes in the Black Friday release for the rest of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout lineup.

The main Black Friday event has been organized by Binny’s Beverage Depot, with on-sale events scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving. This has usually resulted in long lines of people camped out starting Thanksgiving night. Owing to this year’s  COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of crowding in a line is being discouraged.

Binny’s has turned to a lottery system for the chance to purchase an allotment. Drawing registration starts October 16 at 10:00 AM central and will remain open until noon on November 2. The online link to the drawing is on Binny’s Black Friday page. Registrants will be required to pick the Binny’s store where they want to pick up their beer. Drawing winners will be notified on Nov. 6, with an indication of which of two packages they’ll be able to buy:

Binny’s BCBS Anniversary Allocation

  • 2 bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • 1 bottle Bourbon County Kentucky Fog Stout
  • 1 bottle Bourbon County Special #4 Stout
  • 1 bottle Bourbon County Caramella Ale
  • 1 bottle Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout*
  • 1 bottle Birthday Bourbon County Stout
  • 1 bottle Anniversary Bourbon County Stout

Binny’s BCBS Classic Allocation

  • 2 bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • 1 bottle Bourbon County Kentucky Fog Stout
  • 1 bottle Bourbon County Special #4 Stout
  • 1 bottle Bourbon County Caramella Ale
  • 1 bottle Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout*

* Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout is not available in Bloomington, Champaign, Peoria, Rockford or Springfield Binny’s locations. These locations will have all other variants in both allocations at a reduced allocation price.

A price for the allocations will be set after the drawing.

Goose Island Policy

Goose island Beer Co. has posted a blog entry encouraging its retailers to adopt a lottery or pre-purchase procedure. They have not yet indicated whether there will be any draft offerings or sales at their Chicago taprooms.

Jewel-Osco

The Goose Island page has been updating with links to retailers as they publish their Black Friday procedures. Jewel-Osco is already taking lottery entries at a special BCS page. Entrants are asked to list their top three preferred pickup stores, but the final pickup place is not guaranteed. Winners of the Jewel drawing will be notified Nov. 24.

Jewel has also released expected prices for each BCS:

  • Original BCS: $12.99
  • Kentucky Fog: $23.99
  • Special #4: $23.99
  • Caramella: $16.99
  • Proprietors: $25.99
  • Anniversary: $29.99
  • Birthday: $29.99

Assume these prices may vary from store to store, and they be different at other retailers.

Other Outlets

I’ll try to post other announcements of lotteries or pre-sales as they become available. The Tribune’s Josh Noel has an article on the Black Friday events where he indicated that The Beer Temple on Elston would have a lottery, but the store does not have that info finalized.

In the past few years, select bars have hosted Black Wednesday events with Bourbon County Stout variants on draft. There is no indication yet whether these events will be held in 2020.

This year’s Bourbon County Stout release includes seven varietals, all aged in selected bourbon or other liquor barrels.

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