Black Friday is Bourbon County Stout Release Day

25 Nov

Many Americans celebrate the day after Thanksgiving by heading out to stores at ungodly hours while fighting huge crowds to buy things a bit cheaper than they can get them on other days of the year. I will celebrate it differently, because Black Friday also happens to be release day for Goose Island’s celebrated Bourbon County Brand Stout. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not paying attention.

Bourbon County Stout is Goose Island’s annual imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels. It was the beer that made barrel aging stouts what it is today. The 2014 version weighs in at 13.8% ABV (down from 2013’s 14.9%) and will feature a black-as-night beer with notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon (duh!), and chocolate.

There are some other variants such as Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout and Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, as well as a Vanilla Rye and Proprietor’s Reserve. Right now, Louisiana will only see the stout, but don’t be surprised if some of the other variants pop up in the next several months.

Fortunately, the Baton Rouge area will be receiving far more bottles and draft in 2014 than they did in 2013, so there shouldn’t be quite the rush on this year’s release. And I imagine that also means that some bars and restaurants may be able to hold their kegs for a while and break them out months from now instead of the first week.

I highly recommend trying a bottle now, then stashing some more away for an extended cellaring. The best version of BCBS I ever had was a 2009 that had been aged four years. I’m holding some bottles from the last couple years releases to see how they age.

Avenue Pub in New Orleans will be tapping a keg of BCBS at midnight, so instead of waiting in line at Best Buy, go check the pub out instead.

Word is that Chimes East in Baton Rouge will be tapping a keg of BCBS on Friday, as well as The Londoner. I’m sure more will follow, and as I hear of events in Baton Rouge for Friday’s release, I’ll be sure to update this post.


Parish Grand Reserve 2014

21 Nov


Parish Brewing will release their annual barleywine, Grand Reserve, beginning Saturday at a huge brewery party. Tickets to Grand Reserve Day are sold out, so if you don’t have them already, you won’t be able to join in the fun. But never fear, bottles will hit store shelves next week and there should be some draft available at the usual places in and around south Louisiana.

So how is this year’s version? Amazing. It pours a deep ruby color with a nice head that fades quickly. The aroma is bready with a touch of hops. This beer drinks so smooth. It’s big, but not overpowering. There is a big malt profile with some hops and alcohol warmth. But it is such a smooth drinking beer, even at such a high ABV (it’s in the 11% range).

If you’re going to Grand Reserve Day, you’ll get to try this year’s vintage alongside the 2012 and 2013 vintages. And if you’re like me, you cellared some of the past two years bottles, for more at home research.

But don’t delay looking for this year’s release. If the last 2 years are any indication, these will sell out very quickly once they hit store shelves.

Big thanks to Parish founder and brewer, Andrew Godley, for this preview bottle.


Parish Imperial Reserve Sneak Preview

14 Nov

Saturday, November 22nd is Parish Brewing’s Grand Reserve Day. In addition to their Grand Reserve barleywine, Parish will also have an imperial stout, Imperial Reserve, available for purchase in very limited quantities.

Founder and brewmaster, Andrew Godley, was kind enough to send me an advance preview bottle, and of course I opened it last night. Just as Grand Reserve, Imperial Reserve does not disappoint. At all. This bottle conditioned imperial stout weighs in at a hefty 12%, and a gentle pour leaves a beautiful black stout with a big dark tan head. It certainly looks the part.

The aroma has hints of chocolate and coffee malts as well as some dark fruit. The taste follows suit with dark chocolate and coffee flavors with some warming alcohol. It has a big, chewy mouthfeel, but it is neither cloyingly sweet, nor too dry.

This is certainly a wonderful beer from Parish, and I’m really looking forward to grabbing a couple bottles at Grand Reserve Day next weekend. You do not want to miss out on this one, so get your tickets now.


Tin Roof’s Turnrow is going year round

12 Nov

Tin Roof released their newest fall seasonal, Turnrow Harvest Ale, in early September, and the response has been huge. So huge in fact, that today Tin Roof announced that Turnrow will join their other flagships in being produced year round.

Read the entire press release below:


BATON ROUGE, LA – Tin Roof Brewing Company announces Turnrow Coriander Ale will join the year round line up.  Turnrow, an ale brewed with fresh ground coriander, was released in early September in cans and on draft to an overwhelming response.

“Turnrow is a great addition to our existing lineup of delicious year round beers,” co-founder William McGehee said.  “The combination of malts, hops, and coriander creates a crisp taste that allows this flagship to be enjoyed anytime of year.  The coriander provides just the right amount of citrus spice to balance this refreshing brew.”

The beer’s stats are: 20 IBU’s, 5.5% ABV, 2 Row and White Wheat malts, Magnum and Styrian Golding hops.

The recipe pays homage to the brewery’s close friend, Charlie Milan, a staple in the local homebrew scene.  “Charlie’s had this recipe for a while now and it’s always been a festival favorite,” Tom Daigrepont, Tin Roof’s brewmaster, said.  “This beer is the perfect fit for our year round lineup.”

Tin Roof Brewing Co. was founded in 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Tin Roof beers can be found throughout Louisiana and Mississippi in cans and on draft.  Tin Roof recently opened a tap room at the facility located at 1624 Wyoming St. in Baton Rouge.  For more information about our beers, brewery and tap room, please visit, Facebook, or on twitter and Instragram at tinroofbeer.


Parish Grand Reserve Day is November 22nd

12 Nov

Parish Brewing will once again host an event to mark the release of Grand Reserve, their cellared annual ale, and this year’s party should be the best one yet. November 22nd will be Grand Reserve Day at the brewery, and there are a limited number of tickets left. For $25, you will get a commemorative tasting snifter, and ten 5-ounce pours of Grand Reserve (2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages), 2014 Imperial Reserve (a 12% imperial Stout), Milton Teagle Jr, Jr (a sour ale), the newest batch of Ghost in the Machine (Double IPA), as well as other surprises.

Bottles of 2014 Grand Reserve will be available for purchase, as well as a limited number of Imperial Reserve bottles.

The party starts at noon, but there will be no tickets sold at the door. Reserve your spot now by visiting the ticket link below:

Grand Reserve Day 2014

Grand Reserve Day

November 6th: International Stout Day

6 Nov

International Stout Day

If it seems like there’s a day celebrating everything, well it’s probably because there is. And today is the day for stouts to be in the spotlight. So, while I may be a huge IPA fan, stouts are right behind them for me, and I’ll be sure to join in the celebration.

You should do the same. Grab a pint of your favorite dark, roasty, malty, rich and delicious stout, and raise it high, for today we celebrate stouts.

What stout(s) will you be drinking today?

The Courtyard Brewery opens today with a killer tap list

23 Oct

The long awaited opening of The Courtyard Brewery in New Orleans is today. And since they only got their permits that allow them to brew their own beer last week, that means their taproom won’t have any of their own concoctions just yet. But the plan was to always have guest taps, and they are opening with some great ones. Check out the list of beers owner Scott Wood sent me.

The Courtyard Brewery

Blanche de Bruxelles
Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping
BFM 225 Sour Saison
Anchor Lager
Stillwater Stateside Saison
Gnarly Barley Korova Milk Porter
North Coast Old Rasputin
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 14
New Belgium Le Terroir
Stone IPA
Stone Hibiscusicity
Green Flash Le Freak
Lagunitas IPA
Lagunitas lil Sumpin’ Wild
Green Flash Hop Odyssey Cedar Plank IPA
Founders Breakfast Stout
Great Raft At Arms Length IPL

So if you’re in New Orleans and want to go check out a new cool place to drink, head on over to The Courtyard Brewery at 1020 Erato Street.



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