“I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation we brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born-A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with a thick foam the color of bourbon barrels. The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla,carmel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said that it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it.” Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBU’s 60-High Color – Midnight
Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County 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. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging.
Berliner Style Weisse Ale
Ale brewed with olives and strawberries added
Rising stars, established giants and never forgotten legends. This beer is a homage to great culinary minds with a big appetite for everything tasty. Inspired by a legendary dish with strawberries and nicoise olives – perhaps enjoy James beer at a restaurant in Chicago accompanied by a mind blowing tasting menu. Wherever you are we made it award-winningly good and honorable well balanced just for you.
Just tapped: Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Pale Ale – Brouwerij Huyghe 8.5% ABV. BA Score 92.
Colour and sight: pale blond, the fine and regular effervesce ensures a fine and stable head.
Scent: Slightly malty, a nice touch of alcohol, spicy.
Flavour: Feels like the sound shot of alcohol is igniting the mouth. In reality the tongue and palate are warmed. The taste is characterized by its roundness. The aftertaste is strong, long-lasting and dry bitter.
A big, warm thank you to Bold City Bucket List for coming in and joining our first Craft Beer Class, Beer 101, this past Saturday (Jan. 23). Check out their experience below. More classes to be announced including our next class on Sat. Feb. 6. Beer History & The Brew Process.
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