Hey Chicago: Is Goose Island's new stout worth $45 a bottle?

on 23/11/10 at 9:40 pm


Go ahead and get the double take out of the way: the beer that Goose Island is releasing Friday costs nearly $45 a bottle. Yes, you read right. Close to $45. Per bottle. Good thing it’s a 22-ounce bottle.

Eagerly anticipated by beer geeks for months, Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout will be available at 9 a.m. at Binny’s Lincoln Park location in bottles and on draft at 10 a.m. at the Goose Island Brew Pub on Clybourn Avenue. Those are the only two places you’ll find it through the weekend; next Monday, it will be on liquor store shelves throughout the city.

But probably not for long. Most observers expect all 940 cases – more than 11,000 bottles that will be sent to Goose’s 18-state distribution network – to be sold within a couple of weeks. Binny’s beer manager Adam Vavrick said customers have been asking about the beer for eight months.

“I don’t it anticipate it will last more than that day,” Vavrick said.

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