One Denver liquor store will get rare stouts from Goose Island for Black Friday

Goose Island is expected to send Denver bottles of Bourbon County Stout Original, Bourbon County Stout Barleywine and Bourbon County Stout Coffee.

Four different Bourbon County varieties from Goose Island Beer Co. (Adrian D. Garcia/Denverite)
Four different Bourbon County varieties from Goose Island Beer Co. (Adrian D. Garcia/Denverite)
Four different Bourbon County varieties from Goose Island Beer Co. (Adrian D. Garcia/Denverite)

Goose Island is letting beer lovers get in on the Black Friday madness by releasing its rare Bourbon Country Stout beers to one liquor store in Denver.

Argonaunt Wine & Liquor in Capitol Hill is expected to carry Goose Island Beer Co.’s barrel-aged stouts Friday. The Chicago-based beer company has released a limited amount of the beer during the fall for the last 20ish years.

“Anything you think beer is, this probably isn’t” Bill Savage, lead brewer at Goose Island, said this week in an interview with WGN radio. “If you like spirits in any variety, I’d say give it a shot because it’s typically 14 percent alcohol.”

Regular beer has around 5 percent alcohol.

Goose Island is expected to send Argonaut a limited number of bottles of Bourbon County Stout Original, Bourbon County Stout Barleywine and Bourbon County Stout Coffee. The beers spend about a year in bourbon barrels from Kentucky distilleries before being sent around the country.

Goose Island didn’t immediately provide how many barrels of the Bourbon County brands were released in 2016.

“We cut back a bit,” Savage said. “We really wanted to focus on quality over quantity.”

A 16.9-ounce bottle of Bourbon County Stout Original is $9.99. Prices range up to $25 for other variants, a Goose Island spokesman said.

Argonaut opens at 8 a.m. Friday. Other liquor stores in the metro that are carrying the beer include Total Beverage in Thornton, Applejack Liquors in Wheatridge and Westminster Total Bev in Westminster.

Acorn at The Source food market is also expected to carry the beer starting 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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Adrian D. Garcia covers business and trends for Denverite. He's covered business for The Fort Collins Coloradoan and serves as treasurer for the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.