Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine approved for 12 oz. bottles

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine(Chicago, IL) – Last week, label approval came in for Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine in 12 oz. bottles meaning the beer is cleared to be sold nationally in that format, state-by-state rules notwithstanding. If or when that will be is up in the air.

Goose Island first tipped fans off to this beer way back in October. The barrels shown in the photo come from Heaven Hill Distilleries so this is technically not a re-branding of another bourbon barrel-aged barleywine called King Henry, which was aged in 23-year Pappy Van Winkle barrels.

Though it took some flack from Chicago drinkers for spreading around recent barrel-aged bottles to a number of markets, the company notes in a Facebook comment that, “The majority of barrel aged beers stay in the Chicago area.”

Why the trouble? Bottles in Goose Island’s ‘Bourbon County’ series tend to disappear from shelves as soon as they arrive, with lines forming outside of stores in some cases.

A request is out to Goose Island for more information.

7 thoughts on “Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine approved for 12 oz. bottles

  1. Don’t forget: King Henry was aged in second-use Pappy Van Winkle 23yr barrels that had originally held Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout.

    There have been rumors in Chicago for some time now about GI remaking a barleywine ‘in the same process’ as King Henry; that is to say that it is an English-style barleywine to the same recipe as King Henry aged in second use Heaven Hill barrels that originally held Bourbon County Brand Stout.

    When I asked John Laffler last year on whether Goose Island would make King Henry (or something similar) again, his initial response was, to paraphrase, “I’d love to, but we just don’t have the space.”

  2. Seriously? Chicago is complaining? I heard BCBS sits on shelves there and other states (like CO) were told they were getting it and never got it this year. Bring BCBB to other states, please!!!!!

  3. Goose island doesn’t care about Chicago. We supported goose when everyone else was drinking miller and bud light. Bourbon county is named after cook county. And how do they repay us? By shipping out Bourbon county all across the US to expand the “Bourbon County brand”. They do not care about ethics or character. They just care about profits. Which is why they are owned by AB.

  4. God forbid us lowly other states should get a taste without trading away our firstborn. I was glad to get my first taste here in Maine this year.

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