Pour Judgement Tap Takeover Will Feature Two Exclusive Beers

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June 22-25th, you’ll be able to try two Goose Island craft beers unavailable in the rest of Rhode Island.

Chicago’s Goose Island is taking its rarest beers on a tour of the country and next week, they’re coming to Newport. If you’re a craft beer connoisseur, you’ll probably want to sit up and take notice.

Goose Island is the brewer of the world famous (among beer nerds) Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Bourbon County Brand Stout is one of craft beer’s original whales. A “whale”, in the beer world, is a big, rare beer that everyone is hunting for. When we say “big”, we’re talking a ~14% abv beer. That’s more than 3x the abv of Guinness. While the standard BCBS is not as rare as it used to be, there are a bunch of smaller varieties that remain almost impossible to find in Rhode Island.

Bourbon County is released each year on Black Friday (because the beer is…well…pretty much black). Typically, most liquor stores get quite a bit of the Bourbon County Brand Stout and the Barley Wine. Then they get a bit less of the Coffee Stout. Then they got few bombers of some of the really rare stuff.

Unfortunately, last Black Friday, all RI retailers got was the regular stout and the barley wine, which for most RI beer lovers was akin to learning what Christmas is like when your dad has just been laid off. We got something, but nothing like the previous year’s take.

On the bar side, there was some Coffee Stout available on draft. It’s a truly amazing beer and we discovered that despite its 13.4% abv, we could pretty much chug the stuff…because it’s one of the best things we’ve ever tasted.

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So what’s happening next week is Pour Judgement is having a Goose Island tap takeover. Brewer Brian Turner will be on hand at 8pm on Tuesday to talk about his beers.  There will be 7 Goose Island beers on draft, including two that are exclusive to Pour Judgement in Rhode Island.

The first is…

Goose Island Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout

Here’s what RateBeer has to say about the stuff…

Goose Island Proprietor's


They have it ranked #36 in their Top 50 beers in the world, so it’s going to be pretty good, but exclusivity always makes things taste that much better.

Goose Island St. Genevieve


This one is so rare we can’t find much about it except for this little snippet from the Goose Island website…


Brewed in collaboration with Crown Valley Winery, this homage to the flavors found in sangria is perfect for sipping on summer patios. Over 50 pounds of fruit, including pears, oranges, limes, blueberries, pineapple, and mangoes, were added to both wine and brandy barrels from Crown Valley and aged with our Belgian-style wit over 6 weeks. The result is a juicy, full-bodied crimson ale with a bouquet of citrus and fruit, subtle peppery spice, and a crisp, slightly tannic finish.


  • Style: Belgian Style Wit
  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%
  • International Bitterness Units: 25
  • Color: Crimson
  • Hops: Meridian, Pilgrim
  • Malts: 2-row

And now, the rest…

The other three Goose Island beers aren’t exclusive to this tap takeover, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting/good/rare.

Goose Island The Illinois

Goose Island Illinois

We’ve never seen this double IPA in Rhode Island. That’s not to say it’s hasn’t been here, we just haven’t seen it.

Goose Island Matilda

Matilda has been around Rhode Island for a while now, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t an excellent Belgian-style brew.

Goose Island Matilda

Goose Island Honker’s Ale

This is probably the most mainstream of the takeover’s offerings.



Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again.


  • Style: English Style Bitter
  • Alcohol by Volume: 4.3%
  • International Bitterness Units: 30
  • Color: Golden Sunset
  • Hops: Pilgrim, Styrian, Golding Celeia
  • Malts: 2 Row, Caramel, Wheat, Roasted Barley


  • Preferred Glass: Tulip Pint
  • Food Pairings: Burgers, Fish and Chips
  • Cheese Pairing: Camembert, English Cheddar
  • Cellaring Notes: Enjoy within 180 days

So join us next Tuesday and drink some beers on lower Broadway, across from the Big Dig. Otherwise, you can just read about them on our Untappd account.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Beer Correspondent

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