Goose Island Releases Bourbon County Brand Stout Variants in Portland

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

November 27 is Black Friday, and that means it’s time for the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Variants release of barrel-aged beers in many cities throughout the country including Portland. Bottleshops from NWIPA to Tin Bucket will be releasing bottles but southeast Portland’s Belmont Station is the only one releasing them early, and selling tickets for charity. The day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 25th, from Noon – 9pm, Belmont Station will be pouring four rare versions of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. The tasting requires an advance ticket purchase, which is available now and limited to four tickets per person (only one ticket can be used per person, however). $15 out of every $30 ticket goes to benefit the Oregon Food Bank.

Each ticket is redeemable for one flight of Bourbon County goodness, including 2015 Bourbon County Stout, BCS Barleywine, BCS Regal Rye and BCS Coffee. Only one ticket per person on the day of the event. The beers will ONLY be available to ticket-holding customers. Purchase a ticket now at Belmont Station before they sellout or try to track the beers down at one of the Black Friday events around Portland.

This year’s BCBS varietals include: Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout in partnership with Intelligentsia, Bourbon County Regal Rye Stout, Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (aged for two years in 35 year-old Heaven Hill Barrels) and Bourbon County Brand Barleywine.

First crafted in 1992, Goose Island’s BCBS has paved the way for the art of aging beer in bourbon barrels, and is widely considered the standard of excellence for this specialty craft beer category.

Black Friday Events

Tin Bucket
2pm bottles and 3pm draft
3520 N Williams Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97227

Noon – 8pm
6350 SE Foster Rd,
Portland, Oregon 97206
Bottles of Bourbon County Stout 2014 and 2015 BCS for sale plus a keg of BCS Vanilla Rye on tap plus much much more!

About BCBS Black Friday Releases

This is the sixth year Goose Island is releasing Bourbon County Brands on Black Friday to the public. In 2014, at the release event in Chicago, more than 700 people lined up to experience the Bourbon County phenomena firsthand. In 2015, with special Black Friday events in additional cities featuring unique collaborations with local artisans from coffee roasters to donut makers, the company expects for attendance to be at an all-time high.

About Grit & Grain

Goose Island’s nine part Grit & Grain video series takes you through every detail of our iconic and highly coveted Bourbon County Brand Stout. From the loggers who provide lumber for each bourbon barrel stave, to the distillers themselves, this series will reveal a unique cast of characters and locations while informing viewers on what it really takes to get Bourbon County Brand Stout fully prepared for Black Friday.

About Goose Island

Founded in Chicago in 1988, Goose Island is one of the most successful craft breweries in the Midwest and produces some of the most popular, and award winning, beers in the U.S. Since 1989, Goose Island beers have won a variety of awards at acclaimed beer events including the World Beer Championships, World Beer Cup, European Beer Star, World Expo of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). For more information, visit

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  • Chris
    Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:53 PM

    Hi Ezra,

    Just to clarify things, we will not be selling bottles early. The event on Wednesday is a draft-only preview of the 4 beers.

    • Roy MacMillan
      Roy MacMillan
      Wed Dec 2, 2015 4:58 PM

      The Growler House in Sherwood, OR is excited. We just found out we’re going to have an allotment of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout!