This bour­bon-style beer is gain­ing celebrity sta­tus across Eu­rope

The Sunday Guardian - - Profile -

LON­DON: Epic car jour­neys. Bot­tles sold on by sketchy traders for hun­dreds of dol­lars. Hours spent in line, or watch­ing and wait­ing on eBay. No, I’m not re­fer­ring to the “worst or­gan­ised fes­ti­val ever” in Fins­bury Park this sum­mer (though reader, it re­ally was al­most as hard to get a pint). This is the world of lim­ited-edi­tion craft beer. When a beer is deemed so de­li­cious or bound­ary-push­ing that it gains cult sta­tus, it’s rarely put to bed for good. Scarce quan­ti­ties are pro­duced and re­leases be­come ea­gerly awaited events among fans and col­lec­tors. Few have had the im­pact of Goose Is­land’s Bour­bon County Stout (BCS)—the first im­pe­rial stout aged in bour­bon bar­rels— which com­mands round- the­block queues on its an­nual Black Fri­day re­lease in the States, and prompts an on­line scram­ble around the globe. When I visit Chicago to try the fa­bled nec­tar, I re­alise how lit­tle I know about the brew­ery, which was a key player in the Amer­i­can craft beer move­ment—2018 marks its 30th an­niver­sary.

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