Photo by Tyler Malone. Banger’s is offering a Goose Island tap takeover the day before Thanksgiving, featuring beers like the Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Beer lovers are frenzied on Black Friday, too — but instead of hunting for the coolest gadget they can get for cheap, they’re after Goose Island beers, the rarest of which traditionally release the day after Thanksgiving.

Regularly considered one of the top beers on review sites like BeerAdvocate, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout often flies off the shelves at retail stores on Black Friday and subsequent days. But this year, Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is offering that beer and other sought-after ones in the Goose Island portfolio two days beforehand, on Nov. 25.

“Holy cow, it’s a Goose Island invasion in the very best way!” a Banger’s Facebook event invite crows about the tap takeover.

Going out on one of the busiest bar nights of the year (which has earned the day before Thanksgiving the unoriginal but telling moniker of “Black Wednesday”) might seem like a bad idea, but Banger’s Goose Island tap list might change your mind. In addition to having a variety of the beers on draft, the Rainey Street bar is offering bottles of Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout 2015 that’s been aged for two years in 35-year-old Heaven Hill whiskey barrels.

Here’s the full Goose Island tap list (which you can get more background on in this Chicago Tribune article):

2015 Brand Regal Rye Stout, made with blackberry juice, cocktail cherries and sea salt
2015 Brand Stout
2013 Brand Barleywine
2015 Brand Coffee Stout, made with Intelligentsia’s Los Delirios Nicaraguan coffee bean
2014 Halia
2013 Lolita
2013 Madam Rose

The event celebrating the Chicago brewery’s best brews starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at 79 Rainey St. For more information, visit