Goose Island’s Prop Day 2020 Is A Multi-Day Drive-Thru

In Beer News by Karl

…so start figuring out the best directions to the United Center.

Prop Day 2020 BCS Spumoni

There’s no sprawling street festival this year, but the annual Goose Island Proprietor’s Day event will still go on. The Prop Day 2020 event will have a lottery for access like previous years, though it’ll take place over eight staggered days in late November. (Two of those dates will be after Thanksgiving — and no, we don’t have details on this year’s Black Friday yet.)

Another new twist: you’ll be driving through the United Center parking lot to pick up your safe, socially distanced allotment of barrel-aged stout without ever leaving your car.

Fans can start entering the lottery tomorrow through October 12th, though Goose is allowing “only one (1) lottery submission per person during the lottery window” — a new addition for this year compared to prior years offering one entry per day.

If your lottery entry is a winner, you’ll be able to pick up your $130 allotment at a pre-set date and time. That’s another marked change from paying for an admission ticket, then the opportunity to purchase select bottles of your choosing.

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So what do you get?

In this year’s $130 Prop Day 2020 package is:

  • Two bottles of 2020 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout
  • One bottle of 2020 Bourbon County Stout Special #4 (aka Bourbon County Brunch)
  • One bottle of 2020 a “Prop Days Exclusive BA Stout”
  • One “Prop Days 2020” commemorative snifter

So, what’s that “Prop Days Exclusive BA Stout” going to be? Great question. We don’t know, so…

Time for some pure conjecture!

The only other barrel-aged label to recently clear the TTB from Goose Island lately (that’s not an already-announced BCS variant) is this “Myster8” label for a “barrel-aged ale with coconut.”

Now, we did spot a BCS Coconut label earlier this year that didn’t end up in the running, so … is it possible that’s been repackaged and repurposed into this “Beer for Drinking, Not for Selling”? Who knows — just spitballing here. Could be a holiday gift for reps and distro folks and so on just as easily.

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Remind Me: What’s This Year’s Proprietor’s Include Again?

Here’s how Goose Island describes this year’s Proprietor’s blend, aka BCS Spumoni:

This year’s Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout was inspired by third-generation Italian American brewer Emily Kosmal’s love of spumoni, a classic Italian frozen treat. Blended with fresh pistachios, cacao nibs, candied Amarena cherries, and natural vanilla flavors, the 2020 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout is incredibly complex and layered with cocoa, nut, and dark fruit notes with hints of vanilla and oak. Emily, who also created the concept for 2016 Proprietor’s, is our first brewer to have two Proprietor’s concepts picked for release.  

There you have it. Good luck with your lottery entry. Are you excited for this year’s round of variants? Will you be spending your hard-earned money to grab your beers from your car. Let us know — shoot us an email. And don’t forget that we’ve got more details on all of this year’s Bourbon County Stout variants.

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Karl has written about food, travel and beer for Chicago Magazine, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago, AskMen and more. His book, Beer Lovers Chicago, is now available via Amazon and other booksellers. If you're buying, he's likely having a porter or a pale ale.

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