On Saturday, December 9 at 9 a.m. (CST), Good People Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) will hold its second, in-house bottle release for the wildly-popular El Gordo Imperial Stout at a festival-style event playfully dubbed ¡Dia del Gordo! – The Rematch!
Yeah, you read that correctly. The infamous and super-sized El Gordo Imperial Stout has committed to make another rare appearance on December 9 for its highly-anticipated rematch to last year’s ¡Dia del Gordo! Back to defend the title it earned in 2015, El Gordo plans to deliver its signature “flavorful smackdown” as a 13.9% ABV Imperial Stout that “[dominates] the senses without overwhelming the palette.” Oh, and we almost forgot to mention that he’s bringing friends to this party – a.k.a. variants and vintages that date back to 2014.
¡Dia del Gordo! – The Rematch! will be held at Good People Brewing Company and act as the exclusive bottle release event for El Gordo in 2017. You best believe that many will show up on December 9 to witness the power, grace and mystery of El Gordo, so let’s break this thing down to ensure that you have all the details needed to prepare for this glorious spectacle:
- What – ¡Dia del Gordo! – The Rematch! / El Gordo Imperial Stout Bottle Release Event
- When – Saturday, December 9 at 9 a.m.
- Where – Good People Brewing Company (114 14th St S, Birmingham, Alabama)
The Bottle List
- 2014 El Gordo Imperial Stout – $25 per 22 oz. bottle
- 2015 El Gordo Imperial Stout – $25 per 750ml bottle
- 2016 El Gordo Imperial Stout – $25 per 750ml bottle
- 2016 Barrel Aged El Gordo – $30 per 750ml bottle
- 2016 Olé Mole El Gordo – $25 per 750ml bottle
- 2017 El Gordo Imperial Stout – $20 per 750ml bottle
- 2017 Barrel Aged El Gordo – $25 per 750ml bottle
- 2017 Olé Mole El Gordo – $20 per 750ml bottle
- 2017 Fatso Russian Imperial Stout – $20 per 750ml bottle
The Draft List
¡Dia del Gordo! – The Rematch! will also feature a variety of exciting beers pouring on draft throughout the event. These offerings will be available by full pour or sample. The official draft list is still being compiled. We will update this area with that information just as soon as we have it, so stay tuned.
The Ins & Outs
- Bottle sales will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 9
- In an effort to improve upon last year’s experience, the brewery has decided to have a dedicated line for bottle sales only this year. This line will begin at Good People’s side patio, take you through the back of the brewery, and have you exiting through “the garage doors on 2nd Ave with bottles in tow.” This line will NOT go through the taproom.
- There will be NO forms to fill out this year. Once you make it to the bottle selection area, you will grab a box and “move down the line to grab whatever bottles you want.” You will then pay for your bottles at the end of that line.
- The legal limit for take-home sales in the state of Alabama is 288 oz. per person per day, and the brewery will be enforcing this limit. That amounts to roughly a maximum of 11 bottles per person.
- All bottle sales will be sold on a first come, first served basis
- The taproom will also open at 9 a.m. so that you can enjoy some tasty offerings on draft. If you would like a brew while in line for bottles, you will have the ability to grab a beer from the brewery’s “draft trailer, a beer station close to [the] QC lab, and the taproom.”
- Attendees are encouraged to hang out “to enjoy plenty of El Gordo and other specialties in the taproom after [they are] done buying bottles”
- Bottles and draft beers can be purchased with either cash or credit cards, and you will be required to present a valid ID to make any purchases at the brewery
- To make sure you are all covered in the grub department, Cantina on Wheels will be at the brewery at 9 a.m. to serve up some breakfast burritos and The Hot Tag will be on-site later in the day to take care of the lunch crowd
Alright, that should cover all the information that is available at this time. We will update this post just as soon as more details surface, so stay tuned. Until then . . . ¡Viva El Gordo! Prost!