Heavy Hops Ep. 011: Barrel Aging And Blending (Bill Savage/Goose Island)

Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS) is widely considered to be the style standard bearer. Its annual variants are highly sought after, with select vintages fetching huge sums on the secondary market. Our guest this week, Bill Savage, is the lead brewer for the Goose Island’s barrel program. It is his responsibility to oversee the blending of barrels, acquisition of ingredients and to chart the course of the brewery’s sour program. We discuss the creation of BCBS each year, sourcing ingredients and barrels, guiding flavor ideas into finalized recipes, and all the factors that go into maintaining and releasing the most widely available barrel aged beers in America. If you’re sitting on a BCS or Sour Sister crack it with us as we dive and get heavy!

2020 Bourbon County Lineup can be viewed HERE.

Beers Enjoyed:
Foudre Moira
Reserve BCBS 2018 (12 Year Elijah Craig Barrels)
2 Year Reserve BCBS 2019 (11 Year 25th Anniversary Knob Creek Barrels)
BCBS 2010

Goose Island Socials:
Goose Island Barrel Program

Heavy Hops Socials:

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