With all the Goose Island fever going around here at Colonial, what better way to end it all that with our biggest tasting of them all. On December 7th, starting at 6pm, we will be opening bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout, Coffee, and Barleywine going back to at least 2013. While we are keeping the line up close to the chest for a while, I will divulge that we will be opening some special bottles from previous years. Which ones? How old? There is only one way of finding out. This was a very popular event last year, so make sure to keep an eye out for that special Hop on the Bus email. Like last year, you will have to RSVP and pay for your ticket. Space was very limited last year with only 20 spots and it is looking like that will be the case again this year. While this event is still a ways away, but I would like plant the seed early. Stay alert, because a tasting of this caliber only comes once a year.
We did this back in October and it was a lot of fun. So much fun that we decided to do it all over again. December 2nd, starting at 6pm, we will be opening bottles of Sofie and Matilda from this year as well as bottles of Lolita, Juliet, Halia, Madame Rose, and Gillian all from 2015. With wild ales like these, we found that giving them a year to sit and mellow out was the right call, so we’re doing it again. Keep an eye out for an email in which you can RSVP to. This was a fun, relaxed tasting in which we had some fun with some very nice, rather expensive beers. It is a great opportunity to try a $30 bottle of fruit added sour ale without paying the $30 price tag. It does hurt that instead of one, we will be tasting five.
For the second year in a row we will host the Goose Island Black Friday Bourbon Country release. This was a huge success last year and we don’t see why it won’t be again. We will be opening our doors at 9am on Friday, November 25th. Once the doors open, we will be funneling people into our tasting room where we will have the Barleywine, Coffee, and Brand Stout. It will be first come, first serve, so I would recommend getting here early. To put it in perspective, the first people showed up last year around 5:30am. We will have a limit on the Brand Stout, but it will be over a case. We have not decided the limits on the Barleywine yet, but due to the lack of stock on Coffee, we will be limiting it to one bottle per person. We will also have previous years’ Barleywine and Brand Stout for sale as well.
While waiting in line and walking around the store, we will be pouring samples of the 2016 Brand Stout, 2014 Brand Stout and 2014 Barleywine as well as be handing out free pastries. Hopefully everyone will not eat so much the day before that they cannot wolf down a few sweet treats.
Goose Island has been taking over tap lines all over the place and takes over at the end of the year with Bourbon County. What is probably their least known, or maybe better would be least tried, line up is their collection of Belgian-inspired wild ales. So on October 27th, we will have a tasting to spotlight these beers. We will do ALL of the wild ales. Considering they range from $10-$32, this tasting is a rare opportunity to taste all of these back to back.
We will be opening Sofie, Matilda, Lolita, Halia, Gillian, Juliet, and Madame Rose.
More details to come, so stay tuned. Also, keep an eye out for the Hop on the Bus with more details.