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Chicagoland Best Stout Alternatives to BCBS This Black Friday

Chicagoland Best Stout Alternatives to BCBS This Black Friday
Mike Zoller

For years, Black Friday has been a day for craft beer fans to hunt down Goose Island Bourbon County and its variants. 

But as more and more breweries pop-up, the options for prolific barrel-aged beers are becoming greater and greater. If you don’t want to stand in line or feed big beer’s coffers by purchasing BCBS in Chicago, you have plenty of other options. Here’s our roundup of barrel-aged beers available in the Chicagoland area that you don’t have to wait in line for.

Note, this list is updated at the time of publishing and availability is always subject to change. We’ll be adding more breweries and updating the list as we get more information.

Begyle Brewing | Barrel-Aged Imperial Pajamas


Availability: Bottles to-go from the brewery

Price: $18

Link: Our story on this year’s Imperial Pajamas.

Buckledown Brewing | Significant Imperial Stout

Availability: Release Party at the brewery on November 27. Original and three variants will be available in mixed four-packs.

Price: TBD

Link: Release event information

Read: Our story about the Significant series

Cruz Blanca Brewery | Luchador Series

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2019 BARREL-AGED BOTTLE RELEASE – The return of our Luchador Series – Checkout the line up. Saturday, November 2nd @ Noon. On draft and in 500ml bottles to-go. $15-$18 each. 2019 LUCHADORES- TARZAN BOY Imperial stout aged in rum barrels with banana, coffee, & vanilla, 13% SANTA CRUZ Oatwine aged in rye whiskey & red wine barrels, 12% 2019 REY GORDO Imperial stout aged in Basil Hayden barrels, 12.5% 2019 LADY LUMINADA Imperial blonde ale aged in rum & rye whiskey barrels with chocolate, strawberry, cherry, & blackberry, 12.7% 2019 SEÑOR INCOGNITO Imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with toasted coconut, pecans, & cinnamon, 12.5% 2019 LOCO DINERO Imperial blonde ale aged in rum & rye whiskey barrels with Sparrow coffee, 13% . . #cruzblanca #cruxblancachi #bottlerelease #beerrelease #barrelaged #barrelagedbeers #luchadores #brewery #brewing #beerhaul #ilcraftbeer

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Availability: At the time of publishing several variants in this year’s series were still available to go.

Price: $15-$18

Link: Our story on this year’s Luchador release.

Crystal Lake Brewing | Boathouse Reserve


Availability: The base BA stout and sometimes a variant or two will be available in bottle shops. Best bet is to-go sales from the brewery.

Price: TBD. Pricing for the full package at the release event makes us believe they ware $30 per four-pack of cans.

Link: Our story on this year’s Boathouse Series.

Miskatonic Brewing Company | Dungeon Master Series

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Miskatonic Brewing Dungeon Master Series (via Miskatonic Social Media)

Black Wednesday Availability: Demogorgon Masala Chai Imperial Milk Stout on draft, Mimic Coconut Imperial Milk in 4-pack cans

Black Friday Availability: Coffee Mimic & Coffee Demogorgon, both in 500ml and on draft.

Price: TBD

Old Irving Brewing | Barrel-Aged Krampus

Barrel-Aged Beer Name: Barrel-Aged Krampus

Availability: Pre-purchase via link. Anything remaining after the release will be available to-go from the brewery.

Price: $20/bottle


Spiteful Brewing | God Damn Pigeon Porter


Availability: To-go sales from the brewery

Price: TBD

Revolution Brewing | Deep Wood

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Next Friday & Saturday, we kick off the Deep Wood Series releases with Deth's Tar, Café Deth, and Deth by Plums. Along with these 3 featured beers in four-packs of 12oz cans, the draft list will include the following fire power: . Maple Deth – 14.2% – Single Barrel Brought to us by brewer @blackfordworkshop, a generous dose of Vermont maple syrup in this single Heaven Hill Rye barrel lends body and pronounced sweetness to this strong, otherwise dry Deth’s Tar component. Anyone bring pancakes? . Olde Gravedigger – 14.2% After two years in Woodford Double Oak barrels, this delicately smokey kilted pugilist is out on good behaviour. Off-dry and laden with spicy, cherry-like American oak character, these two barrels are the last we’ll see of our favourite BA Scotch Ale for a right long time. . Supermassive Café Deth – 14.1% – Single Barrel Is it a beer with lots of coffee, or is it coffee made from beer? This special Deth’s Tar sweet component boasts an elegantly elevated gravity and a hypersonic dose of freshly roasted Dark Matter coffee. Experience the singularity that is the most aggressively dosed coffee beer we've ever produced. . VSO BA Lynott’s 2018 Stout – 14.3% – Single Barrel Aged two years in a single Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel, this obnoxiously luscious Rocker of an Imperial Oatmeal/Milk Stout reemerges with a pronounced oak profile and mature malt structure. . Project Sanctuary #9 – Double Barrel XO (Extra Old) Lynott’s 2017 Stout – 17.1% – Single Barrel Aged 18 months in a WhistlePig 10 Year Rye Whiskey barrel, plus 18 months in a Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel, this monstrously huge Imperial Oatmeal/Milk Stout is dripping with drying oak tannin and tongue-tingling booze. Seriously, it’s friggin’ huge. Oh yeah, there’s some Tahitian vanilla in there too. xo . Deth’s Tar Limited 2019 – 14.5% This multi-vintage blend of Deth’s Tar sweet component is comprised of the four most expressive barrels we came across when tasting through the stacks. Dark chocolate, toasted coconut, vanilla, and toffee leap from the glass as though we put that stuff in there. We didn’t. . #DethsTar #DeepWoodSeries #RevolutionBrewing ⁠

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Availability: Some beers from the first two releases are still available. Best bet is going to the taproom or brewpub directly. Two more release events will take place on Dec 13 and Jan 24

Price: Varies

Link: Our story on all four releases.

Werk Force Brewing Co. | Sleepy Bear

Availability: Three release events on 11/27, 11/29, 11/30

Price: $10-$20

Link: Release event information

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