According to labels filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Goose Island Beer Co. will be releasing a bottled wheatwine-style ale as part of its famous Bourbon County lineup for the first time in its history.
As the name suggests, Bourbon County Wheatwine is a wheatwine-syle ale that has been aged in bourbon barrels. A 15.3 percent ABV beer with the same name debuted as a draft-only option at the Chicago-based brewery late last year to commemorate the 2017 Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, but that release was limited to only one keg.
In honor of #FOBAB, special barrel-aged beer today at the Taproom is: BOURBON COUNTY WHEAT WINE. One keg. Come drink. New tapping tomorrow.
— Goose Island Beer Co (@GooseIsland) November 10, 2017
This is the second Bourbon County variant to come to light so far, after labels for this year’s regular Bourbon County Brand Stout were filed with the TTB early last month and all of the labels indicate that both releases will be packaged in 500ml bottles, which Goose Island introduced in 2015 for the Bourbon County Brand family, replacing the 12- and 22-ounce bottles that had been used for years.
While release details have not been confirmed, all but two of the six bottled BCBS variants last year were available nationwide starting on the day after Thanksgiving, which fell on Nov. 24. The exceptions were Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, which has always been exclusively available in Chicago since its debut in 2013 and Bourbon County Brand Stout Reserve 2017.
In addition, all of the Bourbon County Brand Stout releases in 2016 and 2017 were pasteurized using a process called flash pasteurization, which Goose Island began implementing in direct response to the multiple infection issues the brewery encountered with 2015’s releases of Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Stout Coffee, Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s and Bourbon County Barleywine.
When reached by email, a spokesperson for Goose Island declined to comment.