If you weren't in line Friday morning to snatch up a bottle of Goose Island's highly anticipated limited release of Bourbon County Stout Rare, you may be out of luck. More than 260 people queued up before the 9 a.m. opening outside Binny's Marcey Street location in anticipation of the beer's release and by 11 a.m. all 120 cases, equalling about 1,400 22-ounce bottles, were gone.
The beer, which aged in 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels for two years, sold for $42.99 each. Chances are most of the people in line popped next door to Goose Island's brewpub to sample free tastes of the BCS Rare. Those kegs were tapped at 10 a.m. and all that beer was guzzled by noon. Fortunately, Goose Island will ship an additional 600 cases to stores throughout Chicagoland by Dec. 1 so be on the lookout.