People wanting one of the most anticipated Bourbon County Brand Stout variants being released by Goose Island Beer Co. this year have another way to get one other than standing in line.
The Chicago-based brewery is now holding an online lottery for a chance to purchase bottles of its Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout 2019, an imperial stout that was first aged for 12 months in 11-year-old Elijah Craig barrels sourced from Heaven Hill. Goose Island then emptied the beer from those barrels and aged it in fresh 12-year-old Elijah Craig barrels, “the same barrels that housed the Whisky Advocate 2017 Whisky Of The Year.”
The new variant is one of eight different versions of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout packaged in 500ml bottles that will go on sale on the day after Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 23.
Starting today, fans can enter the lottery for bottles of Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout 2019 once daily online until 11:59 p.m. CST on Nov. 20 at this link on Goose Island’s website, with winners randomly chosen and notified on by Nov. 22. Winners will then be able to purchase and pick up their bottles at the brewery starting on Nov. 29, and no proxies will be allowed.
Double Barrel was a 2 year labor of love from concept to completion. Due to the extremely limited quantity of this beer, we will not be doing a traditional retail release. Keep an eye on our social feeds for more info soon. Thank you for your support, it means the world to us. pic.twitter.com/t9ZPqXJylH
— Goose Island Beer Co. (@GooseIsland) November 1, 2019
According to Goose Island, 100 percent of all proceeds from the sales of Bourbon County Double Barrel bottles in the lottery will go to Erie House, an “organization whose mission is to empower our community…through education, access to critical services and advocacy, working together to create a just and inclusive society.”
On Nov. 1, Goose Island’s Twitter page posted a Tweet indicating that “Due to the extremely limited quantity of this beer, we will not be doing a traditional retail release” of Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout 2019.