Good People Brewing Sets the Stage for Día del Gordo III (a.k.a. El Gordo Day 2018)

elgordo (1)On Saturday, December 8 at 11 a.m., Good People Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) will host Día del Gordo III, a bottle release event for the brewery’s beloved El Gordo Imperial Stout.

Often regarded as a highly respected, longtime champion of the craft beer community in Birmingham, the hard-hitting El Gordo will step out of the shadows once again on December 8 to show the world all that it has to offer at Día del Gordo III (also known as El Gordo Day 2018).  This massive, 13.9% ABV Imperial Stout always puts on a hell of a show at its annual appearance, and you best believe that El Gordo has quite a few surprises in store for the fans attending this year’s event.  Día del Gordo III is sure to be quite the spectacle, so let’s break down the event in an attempt to shed some light on the mystery that is El Gordo Una Stout Imperial.

The Basics 

What – Día del Gordo III | El Gordo Day 2018
When – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 8
Where – Good People Brewing Company | 114 14th Street South | Birmingham, Alabama

The Bottles

Since Día del Gordo III is first and foremost a bottle release, guests who attend the event will have the opportunity to purchase the following bottles:

  • 2018 El Gordo Una Stout Imperial
  • 2018 Barrel-aged El Gordo
  • 2018 Apple Brandy Barrel-aged El Gordo
  • Good People will also have a limited supply of vintage El Gordo bottles dating back as early as 2014

The Exclusive Drafts

With that said, Día del Gordo is still a party and this one is rockin’ the following tap list of highly-limited, draft-only variants of El Gordo:

  • El Gordo Aged in Tequila (former Bourbon) Barrels
  • El Gordo Aged in Rum (former Bourbon) Barrels
  • El Gordo Aged in American Oak Port Barrels
  • El Gordo (NITRO) aged in Port Barrels with Single Origin Guatemalan Coffee from Domestique Coffee 
  • El Gordo with Vanilla
  • El Gordo with Cocoa Nibs from Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. & Toasted Coconut

Other Useful Info

  • Día del Gordo III is free to attend and pay as you go. Since no tickets are being issued, they are obviously not necessary to attend
  • All purchases must be made at the brewery with a valid I.D. The brewery CANNOT pre-sell or ship bottles to anyone interested in acquiring one
  • It is best to get to this event early because all El Gordo bottles are sold on a first come, first served basis
  • Día del Gordo III will also feature live music and local food trucks. We will update you with the lineup of musical acts and food vendors just as soon as that information is made available
  • The kind folks at Good People Brewing will be raffling off prizes from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. during Día del Gordo III.  The Grand Prize will be drawn at 3 p.m.

Alright, that should just about cover all the information currently available on Día del Gordo III/El Gordo Day 2018.  If any more details surface before the event, we will be sure to update you with that information here.

If you plan on being anywhere near Birmingham, Alabama on December 8, clear your schedule now, coordinate with your Stout-loving amigos, and get to Good People Brewing Company nice and early on Día del Gordo III so that you can bear witness to the magnificence that is El Gordo.  To do otherwise would just be a shame.  Prost!

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Good People Brewing Releases Details for El Gordo Day 2017

elgordoOn 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:

The Basics

  • 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!

Good People Brewing Releases Plans for ¡Dia del Gordo! Festival

elgordoGood People Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) recently announced that they will host their first ¡Dia del Gordo! Festival & Bottle Release at the brewery on Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m.

El Gordo is Good People Brewing’s rarely released, super-sized Imperial Stout that weighs in at a crushing 13.9% ABV (the legal ABV limit for beer in the state of Alabama).  Proving that it is much more than just reputation and hype, this bad boy was named the Best Non-Barrel Aged Imperial Stout in a 2015 blind taste test by Paste Magazine.

A beer of such size and infamy is truly worthy of its own day, and that day will be December 10.  ¡Dia del Gordo!, a.k.a. El Gordo Day, will be held at the brewery and act as the exclusive bottle release event for El Gordo in 2016.  A limited number of 750 ml bottles will be released, and the following vintages and variants of El Gordo will be available for purchase on ¡Dia del Gordo!:

Special Release 750 ml Bottles Available For Purchase

  • 2014 El Gordo Una Stout Imperial
  • 2015 El Gordo Una Stout Imperial 
  • 2016 El Gordo Una Stout Imperial
  • 2016 Barrel-Aged El Gordo Una Stout Imperial
  • 2016 El Gordo Mole
  • a “handful” of other, yet-to-be-determined bottles will also be available

**All bottles will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.**

Special Drafts Available During the Event 

  • 2016 El Gordo Una Stout Imperial 
  • 2016 El Gordo Mole
  • Fatso Russian Imperial Stout
  • and more to be named at a later date

**Draft beer will be available in the taproom to enjoy as a full pour or sample.**  

**UPDATE 12/08/16** – FROM THE BREWERY:

“Y’all! Here’s the DRAFT LIST for Saturday:

2014 Sour Stout (only one 1/2 barrel keg)
-2015 Fatso
-2015 El Gordo
-2016 El Gordo
-2016 Barrel Aged El Gordo (only one 1/2 barrel keg)
-2016 El Gordo Mole
-2016 Fatso
-2016 Fatso Nitro
-2016 El Gordo Nitro
-Schwarzbier*
-Coffee Oatmeal Stout*
-Coffee Oatmeal Stout Nitro
-IPA*
-Brown*
-Pale*
-Bearded Lady*
-Snake Handler*
-Marzen*
-Buffalo Rider*
-Session 9*
-Belgian SMASH*

*Grolwer and Crowler fills will be available for these styles” **UPDATE 12/08/16**

In addition to the plethora of El Gordo goodness and rare draft options available for your enjoyment, this event will also feature live music, food trucks, and other entertainment throughout the day.

¡Dia del Gordo! is still in the planning stages and much more information will be released as we near Saturday, December 10.

**UPDATE 12/08/16** – FROM THE BREWERY:  

“It’s the week of El Gordo Day 2016, y’all!  Here’s a rundown of what to expect:

  • Doors open at 1pm. Street parking only. Please respect/be aware of other businesses in the area that have put up “no parking” signs. You will get towed.
  • We’ll have 2014, 2015, and 2016 El Gordo, 2016 Barrel-Aged El Gordo, and 2016 El Gordo Olé Mole available in bottles. Funk Farm Sour Blonde and Funk Farm Farmhouse will also be available for sale.
  • The 2016 El Gordo will be $20 and everything else will be $25.
  • The state of Alabama limits each person to purchase 288oz per day for off-premise (at home) consumption. This equals to about 11 bottles per person for El Gordo Day. However, that does NOT include beers you drink on premise (at the brewery).
  • The Hot Tag and Taco Morro Loco will be here to feed everyone.
  • Bottle shares are not allowed in the taproom. We do not expect incredibly long lines to get into the brewery on Saturday, so waiting-line-bottle-shares are discouraged.
  • We will have a variety of special brews on draft on Saturday. These are only for samples or full pours. We will not be filling growlers or crowlers with these drafts.
  • The official hashtag of the event is #ElGordoDay

Can’t wait to see y’all on Saturday! Be Good People. Drink Great Beer.” **UPDATE 12/08/16**

Be sure to give Good People Brewing Company a like/follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay in the know, and you can always check back here for any and all updates as they surface.  ¡Viva El Gordo!  Prost!

Vital Information on El Gordo Una Stout Imperial from Good People Brewing Company

Release – Rare/Limited
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 13.9%
IBUs – 78.8
Malts – 2-Row, Chocolate Malt, Black Patent, & 4 other Specialty Malts
Hops – Centennial, Columbus, Liberty & Crystal
Yeast – British Ale
Availability – 750 ml bottles sold exclusively at the brewery during ¡Dia del Gordo! on Saturday, December 10; limited draft