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4th December 2018


Eager beer lovers across London braved the cold for a £20 bottle of 2018 release of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout (ABV 15.2%); an exclusive, limited run bourbon-barrel aged imperial stout. Fans in Shoreditch lined-up from 8:00am, indulging specially paired Crosstown doughnuts and an exclusive taste of Goose Island’s Cooper Project Barrel-Aged Porter.

Chicago craft brewery Goose Island has brought its rare and multi-award-winning Bourbon County Brand Stout to the UK just in time for Christmas.

When first launched in 2016, the limited run of 100 bottles sold out in under an hour, and in 2017 the beer sold out online in under four minutes! This year was no different – with fans in London lining up for the first taste from 8am.

Traditionally launched in the US on Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – the eagerly anticipated bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stoutsells for £20 (16.9oz bottle). Withbeer connoisseurs queuing around the corner ar Kill the Cat in Shoreditch and Ghost Whale in Brixton for 3 hours. For those who missed out – the special edition brew will available at, whilst stocks last, from 13:00 GMT.

Aged in 4+ year old Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels, Bourbon County Brand Stout packs a wallop with flavours of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, almond, cherry. Additional notes of leather and tobacco permeate this complex beer that deepens with each sip. In fact, one sip has more flavour than your average case of beer.

More than twenty years ago, Greg Hall – the son of Goose Island founder John Hall – brewed the truly unique beer for Goose Island’s original Chicagoan Clybourn Brewpub’s 1000th batch. This year, for the first time, the world-renowned brew will be served at the craft brewery’s first European Brewpub, at an exclusive Bourbon County Brand Stout 2018 barrel tapping at the newly opened Goose IslandShoreditch Brewpub this Black Friday, 23rd November.

Goose Island Principal Brewmaster Jared Jankoski, said: “This is the third year we’ve brought this very special brew across the Atlantic and we’re stoked that Bourbon County Stout gets beer lovers in the UK as excited as those here in the US! Our original Bourbon County Stout is as good as when we first made it over two decades ago – you know, if it ain’t broke why try and fix it – and we can’t wait for British beer lovers to get a taste this Black Friday!”

2018 Bourbon County Brand Stout Facts:                                          

ABV: 15.2%

IBU: 60

Colour: Midnight

Hops: Millennium

Malts: 2 – Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Black Malt

If you want to learn more about Bourbon County Brand Stout 2018 and other variants available in the US please visit:

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Notes to Editors

For more information please contact the Goose Island Press Office on or 020 7100 7100.

To learn more about Goose Island, the brewery and upcoming events visit

About Goose Island

Established in 1988, Goose Island Beer Co. is Chicago’s original craft beer company and are the pioneers of barrel-aged beer. Since arriving in the UK, Goose Island has continued to bring a wide range of its award-winning portfolio of beers, including: Goose IPA, Honkers Ale, 312, Goose Four Star Pils and the barrel-aged saison Sofie.

Over the past few years Goose Island have hosted an array of UK specific events, including the legendary Goose Island LDN Block Party, Migration Week, 312 Day and many more celebrations for beer lovers to enjoy. Visit Facebook for more event information.

Proud of its heritage, Goose Island is brewed in the U.S. with hops from Elk Mountain Farms in northwest Idaho and to this day, Goose Island still lives up to the mantra: