An update on a previous post – It has become evident that Michiana, and in fact the entire state of Indiana, will not be receiving bottles of Goose Island’s King Henry barleywine.
With many speculating and others citing sources on the BeerAdvocate forum, I’ve had a couple bottle shops in town confirm to me the same: Indiana has been deemed on-premise only for King Henry by request of the brewery. More of the same, Josh over at Portage Liquor Mart also posted this to their Facebook page today.
This means no bottles on shelves, but doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t see any. “On-premise” simply means no carry out sales. Bars, pubs, and restaurants may purchase The King (likely in kegs) and serve to their patrons for consumption on site. If we hear of any tappings, we’ll be sure to pass those along.
In news of Goose Island bottles that you can (maybe) get in South Bend, 2011 Bourbon County Brand Stout hit the area this week.
Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. 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. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.
I say “maybe” because although it just got here Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the store, there isn’t much and will be gone fast. I can tell you there is a tiny bit left though. Check Portage Liquor Mart, the City-Wide locations, and Belmont on South Bend Ave. Good luck!