The featured beer painting of the day is 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago, Illinois. I made a special effort to have a Facetime toast with Rich, the fellow who sent me this beer from Philly. He has been feeding great beers to me from the East Coast, and I am very appreciative. I know this one is a solid winner of a beer, rating 100% on beeradvocate.com. Great catching up on the news of beer from the East side of the country. Calling in Rich is calling in a regional beer expert. I only wish I knew about beer from the East Coast like that, maybe I will get a better overall picture when I go east in November!
The Bourbon County was everything I was expecting, and more. At 14.5%, it is the strongest beer I have consumed this month, and even after the 6 oz serving I poured myself I could feel it. Maria, my better half, who drank the other portion, said it reminded her of Anchorage Brewing Company’s Deal with the Devil barleywine. I thought it was more roasty. There was a difference in the Oak as well, I think the Bourbon barrels brought on a nice smoothness that must be due to their old age, as I’ve had some whiskey-barrel aged stout that was not as smooth! The flavor was like chocolate-coated coconuts. I loved every sip and found it hard to both concentrate on the amazing beer and the long-distance call I was making! I never realized how far Philly is away from Alaska, until I tried to call there. Even after I switched back to a regular call, there was still a second-long delay on the phone.
Log-cabin building in the remote section of Alaska known as the Wrangell – St. Elias National Park is a tiring and slow business assuredly, so it is good to have a great beer to drink after a hard day. Yesterday I made one piece of the post cap I was building wrong twice before I got it on the third try. I am almost out of chainsaw bar oil, and making a piece thrice was irritating to say the least. When I popped open the Bourbon County, all my troubles melted away.
Cheers to Bourbon County Brand Stout! I made a toast all the way across the nation with this one! I hope you get to drink one of these soon as every drop is liquid gold!