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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.



Goose Island Barrel-Aged Beer Tasting at the Central City Tap House – Event Beer List to Include The Livery, and Founder's KBS

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 11, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.

This event has turned into an epic beer tasting that will take place at the Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo, MI, tomorrow, Thursday, April 12. The main four barrel-aged beers will be:


Bourbon County Stout (imperial stout, 14.5% ABV, IBUs 60))

King Henry (bourbon barrel-Aged barleywine, 13.4% ABV, IBUs 60)

Bramble Rye (rye whiskey barrel-Aged imperial stout with raspberries and black berries added, 12.8% ABV, IBUs 60)

Bourbon Count Brand Coffee Stout (imperial stout brewed withIntelligentsia Coffee, 14% ABV, IBUs 60)

However, there have been several other beers that have been added to the tap list to make this an incredible event that no beer drinker will want to miss. Here you go:


Goose Island Matilda (Belgian Style Pale, 7% ABV, IBUs 32)

Goose Island Pere Jacques (Belgian Style Abbey Ale, 8% ABV, IBUs 26)

Goose Island Sofie (Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, 6.5% ABV, IBUs 25)

Goose Island Nut Brown Ale (Brown Ale, 5.3% AV, IBUs 25)

Founders KBS (Imperial Coffee Stout, 11.2% ABV, IBUs 70)


And here are the ones that I'm really excited about, maybe even more than the Goose Island offerings. I just got off the phone with Sawyer who is one of the brewers atThe Livery, (Benton Harbor, MI) because these beers are so extremely specialized that there isn't much info out there.


All three of these beers are sour barrel-aged.


Livery Cherry Bomb Sour Barrel Aged Doppelbock - sour Doppelbock with tart cherries, cocoa nibs, French white oak chips, and chilis, 10.5% ABV – barrel aged for 18 months

Livery Runemeister Sour Barrel Aged Imperial Honey Pilsener – a traditional imperial pilsner brewed with local honey and local hops. The hop grower who is a regular at the Livery and has two substantial hop yards actually helped in the brewing of this beer. It was in the barrel for 14 months and clocks in at 9.5% ABV.


Bourbon Barrel Aged Grand Reserve Trippelweizenbock – this one, in the words of Sawyer, is their behemoth beer- a triple wheat beer. A fresh barrel is always used and this beer goes into the barrel at around 11.5% ABV. After the beer has been fully aged for 24 (yes that is correct) months, the barrel is soured and the beer is around 12.75% ABV.


These three beers are equally if not more epic than the Goose Island beers and I am really looking forward to this event. Sawyer from The Livery will be on hand, so bring any questions along with plenty of time on your hand for the enjoyment of these huge beers.

To see photos of the actual event, click here.


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