Drink of the Week: Goose Island Cooper Project Scotch Ale

cooper projectNot content to rest on the laurels of their successful Bourbon County Stout series, Goose Island Brewery recently launched the Cooper Project, intended to showcase how wood can be used to enhance the flavors of various beer styles. The flagship brew is made with a blend of 50 percent fresh Scotch Ale and 50 percent of the same beer that’s been barrel-aged in used Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for four months. With black cherry and coconut flavors at the start and a pleasingly dry finish, this beer is a prime example of what can happen when brewers think carefully about the role a barrel can play in making a delicious brew. Look for a four-pack at a liquor store near you now through summer for $15.99 per pack.