Anderson Valley in Boonville, California (look that one up on a map) is an established name in the craft beer world; most famously known for their exceptionally smooth Amber Ale. Over the past couple of years, they’ve been aging beers in old Wild Turkey barrels. On the surface, the concept seems great: I like beer and I like bourbon. We SHOULD combine these things.
As with many great craft beer concepts, the execution is the real challenge. Many amazing efforts have been realized with disappointing results.
This beer, bizarrely, seems to have emerged from the barrels resembling a sour ale. Sour beers have a loyal following and my own wife is among them. She agreed that this beer was “almost sour” but still off target. Good concept and effort, but the execution is off. 2.5/5 Try it if you’re intrigued, but it’s probably not what you’re hoping for.