This past Friday as shoppers converged on the malls and shopping centers across the area, Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. welcomed in Black Friday with their annual release for their highly celebrated Bourbon County Stout.
Hopefully you were fortunate enough to grab a few of these bottles as they hit store shelves last weekend. If not you may be in luck here in Portland over the next few days. A few Goose Island employees will be landing from Chicago to assist in celebrating one of the best barrel aged beers on the market. On Sunday evening there will be a Goose Island Beer Dinner at Raven & Rose that will be followed up with Bourbon County for a Cause on Monday at Belmont Station.
Here are more details on both events.
Raven & Rose
Goose Island Bourbon County Release Dinner
Sunday, December 7th
6:30 to 8:30pm
Welcome Snacks & Beer
1. IPA, a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish
English-style Roast Supper & Beer Flight
Salad, Field Greens, radishes, spiced pumpkin seeds, red wine vinaigrette
2. Class of ’88, The Class of ‘88 Belgian Style Ale was brewed in collaboration with Deschutes Brewery. brewed with whole flower Mt Hood hops, which were first introduced in 1988, then transferred to Muscat casks and aged with Michigan Riesling Grape juice and Oregon Pinot Noir grape must.
3. Matilda, dried fruit and clove aromas, a spicy yeast flavor, and a satisfying dry finish
4. Madame Rose, Brown Ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with the addition of Michigan cherries and heavily inoculated with Brettanomyces.
5. Bourbon County Stout, A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense
mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke.
Beef Tri-Tip & Oregon King Salmon
Portland Farmers’ Market Sides Like:
Oven-roasted Peppers & potatoes, olive oil, lemon, sea salt
Roasted Farm carrots & Beets, celery root puree
Fried Cauliflower, anchovy salt, sunflower seeds, manchego
Dessert Beer Pairing
6. Bourbon County Barley Wine, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care
Bourbon County for a Cause
Mon., December 8th
5:00 to 7:00pm
Join Belmont Station for a festive holiday fundraiser to benefit the Oregon Food Bank and Impact NW.
This is a limited, ticketed event. One ticket will get you a flight of three Goose Island Bourbon County Stout varieties: 2014, Coffee, and Barley Wine, plus a 12-ounce bottle of 2014 Bourbon County Stout to take home. (Please, only one ticket per person, although you can buy more tickets for friends.)
To help keep this nice and mellow, you can redeem your ticket for your flight and bottle on Monday, December 8th at any time in the biercafé from noon to 9:00p.m.
Tickets are priced at $30 + a small Brown Paper Tickets fee, with $10 from each ticket going to the Oregon Food Bank. Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase here. These tickets will not be for sale at Belmont Station, and they are only available for pre-sale. No ticket sales at the door and tickets are limited. Please note: this is a 21 and over event.
Additionally, from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. that same night, the Station is hosting a toy drive for Impact NW’s Holiday Hope Drive in the covered and heated back patio. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a kid aged 6-12 and get a raffle ticket for a chance to purchase a very limited number of bottles of Bourbon County Barley Wine. Anyone 21 and over can enter the raffle. Each unwrapped, new toy donated gets a ticket, so you can have many chances to win (and you can win more than once)! You must be present to win. The drawing will be held around 7 p.m.
Let’s enjoy some great beer and help these great local nonprofits make the holidays special for Portland metro families!