Anderson Valley Brewing (Boonville, CA) has entered into an exclusive partnership with Wild Turkey Bourbon. Together they will create a new series of bourbon barrel aged beers. After a few months of experimenting with the Wild Turkey barrels, Anderson Valley is ready go full steam into barrel aging.
“The opportunity to partner with the Bourbon Hall of Fame Russell family and Wild Turkey is tremendously exciting,” said Trey White, Anderson Valley owner and CEO. “We have done some trial brews with a limited number of Wild Turkey barrelsover the past several months and the beers to date have been awesome.
The partnership is very beneficial, as Anderson Valley now has access to hundreds of barrels instead of a handful. That means more badass barrel aged beer for everyone. For the first round of bourbon aged offerings, Anderson Valley has aged Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. Draft only offerings available first. Look for bottles in 2013.
Even Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey is excited at prospect of drinking beer.
“I’ve been familiar with Anderson Valley Brewing for some time, and I’ve always admired the pride and care they take in crafting and brewing their beer,” said Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey Master Distiller. “It’s similar to the approach we take with our bourbon, which made this partnership such a natural fit. Now I finally have a good excuse to drink a great craft beer!”
Start looking for the first barrel aged beers in fall, 2012. Below are some pics from the folks of Anderson Valley and Wild Turkey doing their thing. [PressRelease]
It’s that time of year again. Founders Brewing just bottled Breakfast Stout. The double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout is hard to pass up, regardless of the temperature outside. The brewery has been busy this week bottling the imperial stout, releasing on September 4. Draft to follow shortly after, on September 21.
The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.
Introducing a barrel aged edition of Jester King/Mikkeller’s Weasel Rodeo. Why weasel? The original beer was based off of Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch, brewed with Kopi Luwak coffee. Weasel Barrel Rodeo is an oatmeal stout, brewed with chipotle peppers, Kopi Luwak coffee, then aged in whiskey barrels.
Inside the hops and staves of oaken whiskey barrels, magical things can sometimes happen. Even ancient enemies like weasels and rodeo clowns can overcome their conflicts and learn to work together as one. Feral monkeys are a different story, though. It turns out that even in barrels, they’re really not much fun at all.
Availability: 750 ml bottles
Arrival: August, 2012
Jester King thinks this beer could be the most expensive sold in Texas… or another, it means that the whiskey barrel aged version, which we’re calling “Whiskey Rodeo” is now going to be the most ludicrously expensive beer ever sold in the State of Texas, and this initial batch of non whiskey barrel aged Whiskey Rodeo will be a little less so. Seriously, if you’re thinking of buying a bottle of Whiskey Rodeo, start saving now. Kopi Luwak costs over $200/lb (as compared with Legendee which costs a mere $35/lb).
Our inky-black stout had a smooth, round palate with a dreamlike undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Hops: Warrior, Fuggles
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Roasted Barley
Yeast: English Ale
The beers are initially only available at metro area Total Wines. 3 beers come with the initial launch:
Oatmeal Stout, 7% ABV, Deep, rich, and malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. It’s what espresso would be if it had the gumption to be beer. We use two different hop additions, specially selected crystal malts, roasted barley, and oatmeal to give it a soft and silky mouth feel. Makes a great dessert. Or meal. Year round.
Original Ale – English Pale Ale, 5.4% ABV. Named one of the World’s Ten Best Beers by Wine Spectator Magazine, Ipswich Ale has satisfied discerning craft beer drinkers since 1991. A North Shore classic, Ipswich Ale is a medium-bodied, unfiltered English style pale ale with subtle hoppiness and a smooth malty flavor. Year round.
Dark Ale – English Brown Ale, 6.3% ABV.