Goose Island Beer Company: 2019 Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine Ale

Goose Island Beer Company: 2019 Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine Ale

Style: Wheat Wine Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Special Notes: The Wheatwine Ale is back for its second year. This year, it is aged in Larceny wheated bourbon casks from Heaven Hill.

Hops: Millennium

Malts: 2-Row, White Wheat

ABV: 15.4%

IBU: 60

Availability: Very limited release

@untappd says: 4.16/5

I know. I know. I said yesterday that I only wanted the two variants I bought yesterday—the Mon Chéri and the Café de Olla—and that I was happy to leave Total Wine without the Wheatwine variant. I know! I said that maybe when I got my bonus in two weeks, I’d go back and try to find more variants. Stop judging me!

Goose Island Brewing Company: 2019 Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine Ale
Look how pretty it is. How could I leave it at the store like a heartless bastard? (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on Windowsills)

Today, my wife and I went to the vet to pick up the memorial prints they made us for Brutus (our birdy that we had to put down last week). Afterward, we decided to stop by Stop & Shop for groceries. We were in a different town, so we popped Stop & Shop into the GPS and went. Guess where it was! Yep… the same shopping plaza as Total Wine. I said to myself OK. I’ll pop in. They’ll be sold out, and I won’t be able to buy it. And I’ll be happy to go home. Turns out they had the Wheatwine Ale. So now I do too. I’m only one man. I’m weak!

Anyway, this one is different from last year’s award-winning release because it is aged in Larceny wheated bourbon casks from Heaven Hill. I hope it’s good!

Did you guys find any others on Day 2? Let me know in the comments below!

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Goose Island Beer Company: 2019 Bourbon County Brand Stout Release

Goose Island Beer Company 2019 Bourbon County Brand Stouts

Style: Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Hops: Millenium

Malts: 2-Row, Caramel, Chocolate, Debittered Black, Munich, Roast Barley

ABV: 14.4%

IBU: 60

Availability: No longer in production.

@untappd says: 4.54/5

If you guys recall from last year, I managed to track down every single Bourbon County Brand Stout release from Goose Island Beer Company. This year, with that hunt out of my system, I decided not to go all-out crazy on Black Friday, setting my sights on the regular release and two variants—the Brand Café de Olla Stout and the Brand Mon Chéri Stout.

2016 - 2019 Bourbon County Brand Stouts from Goose Island Beer Company
My entire collection of Bourbon County Brand Stouts and variants from 2016 through 2019. Not bad, right? (Credit: Martin Stezano/Beers on

According to Goose Island, the Café de Olla is inspired by the traditional Mexican beverage of the same name. They added coffee beans and cold coffee to regular BCBS and then added cassia bark, orange peel and panela sugar to make it even better. The Mon Chéri, meanwhile, is billed by the brewery as a “love letter from our brewer, Quinn, to his wife who loves cherries.” It’s made with Balenton and Montmorency cherries with a bit of brown sugar added for flavor.

Thankfully, my local Total Wine in Norwalk, CT had everything I wanted! They also had the Bourbon County Wheatwine, but I decided to save myself $25 and just stick to the ones I had my heart set on. That being said, I do get my bonus in a couple of weeks…perhaps the hunt will be back on then?

Are you guys on the hunt for this year’s releases? Let me know in the comments below!

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