- Brewery – Goose Island in Chicago, IL (AB InBev)
- Beer Name – Bourbon County Brand Stout (2016)
- Served in a Cobra Brewing snifter
- Style – Imperial Stout
- ABV – 13.8%
- IBU – 60
- Untappd score – 4.572 (17,338 ratings)
Goose Island is one of the breweries that got me into craft beer. As a young adult living in the Chicago area, they were the king. Before I tasted their IPA, I didn’t like IPAs. Their Honker’s ale was a staple in my fridge back then. But that seems like a long time ago now. Back in 2011 they were purchased by AB (Anheuser-Busch) InBev and they are now a part of the largest beer company in the world. At 45% market share, if you grab a beer out of the beer aisle at your local grocery store, there is a very good chance that it is part of AB InBev (And if you add in MillerCoors, it’s over 70% market share). So what’s the problem with this? Many of the problems that craft beer fans have with these large breweries don’t bother me. They don’t want to bring attention to the fact that Goose Island, Karbach, Breckenridge, Elysian and more are part of their company? Who cares. They cut costs wherever they can and potentially lower the quality of those beers? Don’t drink them! But one thing they do which can (and does) affect craft beer drinkers is lobby. And the craft breweries that I have been drinking almost every day for this challenge are the ones they are targeting with their lobbying money. When you are on top, you want to suppress those who are challenging you and erect barriers to prevent other challengers from even popping up.
So, with all that said, I’ve supported Goose Island/AB InBev with this purchase because this beer has a reputation as being world class. It doesn’t disappoint. If I had to rank all the beers I’ve had so far in this challenge, it would be #2. The label states “Intense aromas of charred oak, vanilla, caramel, smoke.” Vanilla and caramel are key here. This is strong and sweet and it’s basically beer candy. It has a bit of burn to it from the alcohol, but this is a beer I’d drink regularly if it was readily available. I have 3 more “craft” beers lined up for the rest of this challenge, but for the most part, I intend to support small independent (majority Texas) breweries.
I mean, weren’t those enough thoughts already? If you want something more, read this hilarious article about Trump’s handshakes.