Thursday, May 26, 2016

Goose Island Migration Week Comes Back to KC! Bourbon County Brand Stout Abounds...

After missing us last year, Goose Island is coming back to KC with their Migration Week! In the past the Migration Week events have been little more than tastings and special tappings of Bourbon County Brand beers, but this time they've got all kinds of different and unique events scheduled. There will be Bourbon County Brand Stout galore along with other Bourbon County Brand beers at a lot of the events along with vertical vintages. There isn't a definite listing of everything available, but whatever is at the events, it's sure to please! And even if all you get is BCBS...well that's pretty much great in and of itself.

Of the events, I'm sure the Human Foosball tournament on Tuesday will be awesome, but what really caught my eye for the hardcore beer nerd is the BCBS deconstruction at Grain to Glass on Wednesday. Brewer Bill Savage will be there with the raw ingredients, liquid samples of BCBS as it goes through the brewing process (i.e. pre-fermentation), fresh/un-aged BCBS, and 2015 and earlier vintages of BCBS.

Also, if you didn't notice...the event at the Foundry on Wednesday is free by RSVP and includes a complimentary pour of BCBS. Free BCBS! Can't get any better than that...

*Update: between me writing this and actually publishing it, the events at Grain to Glass and Bier Station were sold out! The rest of the events also have limited tickets, so get yourself prepared now if you want to attend!

Tuesday, May 31

Goose Island Human Foosball Tournament

Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Up-Down Arcade (101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108)

Description: The Migration Week crew from Goose Island is in Kansas City for the first time in two years. We couldn’t think of any other way to say we’re sorry for being gone so long than to bring a bunch of rare beers, build a human foosball field and invite all our friends (and your friends too) to join us. Do you need anything else? Well how about Goose Island brewer Bill Savage. He will be there too. There is no better way to start your week. Spots are VERY limited so clear your calendars and invite your friends. You weren’t doing anything else on Tuesday anyways.

Tournament Details
o   Please visit Up-Down Arcade on Monday, May 23, at 6 p.m. to sign up your team.
o   $150 per team ($25 per person) - All proceeds benefitting the KC Pet Project.
o   Registration includes: Beer for the evening, one game guaranteed, Goose Island swag and your chance to raise the cup.
o   Only six team slots available for registration and six players per team.
o   Check In: 6 p.m.
o   Games start: 7 p.m.
o   Games are 10 minutes long

Wednesday, June 1

Deconstruction of Bourbon County Stout @ Up-Down *SOLD OUT*

Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Grain to Glass (1611 Swift Ave., North Kansas City, MO 64116)

Description: Very few people have ever tasted Bourbon County Stout BEFORE it goes into the barrel. Thanks to the Migration Week team, you will now have the chance. Join Goose Island brewer Bill Savage as he walks you through a sensory experience that is the brewing process of Bourbon County Stout. Class includes exposure to all the solid ingredients of a BCS brew, liquid samples from the brewing process, finishing with a tasting of fresh Bourbon County Stout (and maybe a few rarities).

Beers Featured: Bourbon County Stout 2015, Vintage BCS
RSVP Here:

Grit & Grain Documentary Viewing @ the Foundry

Time: 8-11 p.m.
Location: The Foundry (424 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111)

Description: To the folks at Goose Island, Bourbon County Stout has always been more than liquid in a bottle. That’s why a group of employees set out to uncover the full story of Bourbon County Stout. What we found was a story larger than we had ever realized. A story that crosses state lines, and spans generations—from the loggers who down the American White Oak used to make bourbon barrel staves, to the distillers that fill and age bourbon on those staves. This is Grit & Grain. This is what it really takes to get Bourbon County Brand Stout into your hands. Be a part of our team as we watch our first full-length documentary on the big screen. Join us to see why the folklore is as rich and layered as the beer itself as you sample Bourbon County Stout.

Event Details
o   Event starts at 8 p.m. in the parking lot of The Foundry.
o   Movie will begin around 8:45 p.m.
o   Blankets and chairs are encouraged.
o   Carryout from The Foundry and local restaurants will be available.
o   Proof of RSVP will get you one complimentary pour of Bourbon County Stout  

Beers Featured: TBD
RSVP here:

Friday, June 3

Flight School @ Bier Station *SOLD OUT*

Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: Bier Station (120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64114)

Description: Looking to learn about and taste more of our beers? No problem. Join us at Flight School! Our brewer Bill Savage will walk you through a sampling of some core Goose Island brands, with an appearance from a few of our most sought out beers and the story behind each one of them. Cheers!

First Friday Goose Island Celebration of Beer @ Ruins Pub

Time: 7-12 a.m.
Location: Ruins Pub (1715 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64108)

Description: First Friday, a Kansas City monthly tradition, will be that much better on June 3, as Goose Island and the Migration Week crew partners with Ruins Pub to host an evening with art, music, charity and of course, those rare beers of ours. A partnership between Kansas City and Chicago artists will happen live, while multiple vintages of BCS will be on tap. It’s Friday, and there’s no better way to close out the week. See you there.

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