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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

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

Miskatonic Brewing Dungeon Master Series
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


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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