Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout - I’m not drinking this yet, but it’s going into the beer fridge and there is a story to go with it.
I bought this from an online shop (West Lakeview Liquors) in the winter of 2011. Given all the hype around this beer it was hard to believe at the time and with how sought after this has become on trading forums since its release its even harder to believe now.
2011 was a very different time for me & beer. I had only started really getting into craft beer for a year or so prior. This was my first online beer purchase. It was before I was going after Ithaca’s limited releases and my brief trading spurt that followed. And it was certainly way before the Vermont beer trip was the hip thing to do.
From the day this showed up on my doorstep it became the my most treasured beer cellar inhabitant and has stayed that way even with some of the really amazing things I’ve brought back from Vermont. I knew I would be saving this for a special occasion and the one seemed the most appropriate was the birth of our first child. With having no schedule or reason to rush that particular event I carefully watched reports of how Rare was been drinking and even when I read the concerns that it might have turned the corner I never wavered.
And finally getting to today which just happens to be exactly one month prior to the “due date” for the joyous occasion that will finally see this beer enjoyed.
It’s a very exciting time. Beer is definitely going to take a back seat for a while. Vermont trips are going to stop completely or become very scarce for a while. To make up for that I may start placing a few online orders. Another alternative is to dive even more heavily into homebrewing. Things will be different, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.