The seven new brews, under the Bourbon County name, will include the following: Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout (with blueberry and almond flavors), Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, Bourbon County Reserve Brand Barleywine (two years aged), Bourbon County Reserve Brand Stout (aged in 11 year old ex-Knob Creek barrels.)
The re-release comes after a traumatic incident in 2015, when the four of the brewery’s Bourbon County beers were tainted with bacteria. A small release was brought back last year, with only four of the six options available.
Brewmaster Jared Janoski was quoted telling the Chicago Tribune that “Every decision I made was guided by the idea that (this) would never happen again. I think we made the right changes for that to be the case.”
The changes made include flash pasteurization to evade bacteria, as well as heightened standards for barrels used. Only “fresh” barrels will be accepted, that’s to stay, barrels that still remain wet from whiskey contact. Heaven Hill distillery will be the sole provider of barrels this year.
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