The Story of Bourbon County Stout

We spent a large part of 2015 with our friends at Goose Island, who wanted to explore the lifecycle of the famed barrel-aged beer, Bourbon County Stout. To tell the story, we trekked through white oak forests and toured coopers, distilleries, and rick houses, not to mention all the fun we had shooting in Chicago.

Goose Island’s internal team, Mike Smith and Mike Erickson, produced this episodic documentary, while Ken Hunnemeder shared cinematography duties with Sergio Salgado here at Furnace FPS. To round out the talented team, Good Beer Hunting provided creative direction for Grit & Grain. We are thankful to have been a part of this great production crew that made the project so worthwhile.

An episode a week was released starting at the end of September. The video above is the fourth chapter in the Grit & Grain series. If you’d like to watch the whole thing, get some popcorn and sit tight.

Synopsis

To the employees of Goose Island, Bourbon County Stout has always been more than liquid in a bottle. We’ve always known that, but to what extent we had no idea. A lot has changed at Goose Island since the first batch of Bourbon County Stout was brewed and barreled in 1992. As time marched on, the folklore surrounding Bourbon County Stout became as rich and layered as the beer itself. Fact starts to blend with myth, and myth takes away from the process.

That’s why a group of Goose Island employees set out to uncover the full story of Bourbon County Stout. What we found was a story larger than we had ever realized. A story that uncovers a large cast of characters, crosses state lines, and spans generations. From the loggers that down the American White Oak used to make bourbon barrel staves, to the distillers that fill and age bourbon on those staves. This is Grit & Grain. This is what it really takes to get Bourbon County Brand Stout into your hands.

DIRECTORS:
Ken Hunnemeder & Sergio Salgado

CINEMATOGRAPHERS:
Ken Hunnemeder & Sergio Salgado

CREATIVE DIRECTION:
Michael Kiser

PRODUCER:
Mike Smith

PRODUCER:
Mike Erickson

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY:
Seth Ekberg

EDITOR:
Ken Hunnemeder

COLORIST:
Sergio Salgado

TITLES & ANIMATION:
Flavor

MUSIC:
Black Oil Brothers

AWARDS
Finalist in Video, Wine, Beer & Spirits | Shorty Awards | 2016

UPDATES
2.16.2016: Michael Kiser and Ken Hunnemeder discuss storytelling in beer and provide some fun insight into our process during Grit & Grain. Good Beer Hunting Podcast.

2.6.2017: Last year we helped Goose Island on a follow up episode to the Grit & Grain series. Check out Chapter 10 of the on-going Bourbon County Stout sage. Link