New bourbon-barrel beer: Anderson County meets Anderson Valley

Wild Turkey announced this week that it is teaming up with the Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, Calif., to produce a line of bourbon barrel-aged craft beers. Anderson Valley will use repurposed oak barrels from Wild Turkey to infuse its craft beers with bourbony goodness.

The first collaboration, to be released this fall, will be the result of Anderson Valley’s Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout being aged for three months in a Wild Turkey barrel. Trey White, Anderson Valley’s owner and CEO, said the company chose Wild Turkey because of their outstanding whiskey and because they are the only major producer to use a No. 4 “alligator” char on their barrels. “This helps to introduce way more flavor to the bourbon, and therefore way more flavor to our famous Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout,” he said in a release.

Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russell had this to say about the project: “Now I finally have a good excuse to drink a great craft beer!”

I’m told that a promotional tasting event will be held soon – you’ll know the details when I do.

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