Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
We may think of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout as a recipe that is the same year after year, that's not quite right. Bourbon County is not the same, the recipe is a little different each year.
"There's variation from year to year, and there isn't any way around it," Porter said. "I don't think it's a bad thing."
Though Goose aims to reproduce the same base beer every year, a number of factors vary what winds up in bottles.
"There's the weather in Chicago (while the beer is aging in bourbon barrels), the mix of distiller barrels we use and the barrel manufacturers themselves," Porter said. "We don't have a lot of control over the final product in some ways."