Among Tony's passions in life are trains (no kidding), cars and beer. So when we got our alcohol permit in February Tony immediately set-up an account with the local beer distributor and got cases of what he refers to as the five crowns of Northern California beer. But anyone who likes interesting beer knows those already so they didn't really sell all that well.
So we had an idea - how about finding some of the most interesting beers around and stocking those? Stay tuned to this blog, if you like beer, and join us on a journey of some of the most interesting beers in the neighborhood which we will stock small quantities of for guests who share Tony's passion about beer. Of course this means Tony actually gets to write off beer tasting, and that's a wonderful thing.
Our first interesting beer is Anderson Valley's Boont Barl, the company's signature Boont Amber beer but aged for six months in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels.
Wait, aged beer, you say? Craziness? Not at all. While there is a commodity beer producer that goes out of its way to sell how "new" its beer is, the truth is, aged beers are fairly common and really spectacular. Heck, another beer mass marketer makes more of a deal of its silver cans than it does the actual beer in them. Commodity beer isn't really all that great.
But beer aged in bourbon barrels is quite something. Aging a beer in bourbon barrels imparts some of the flavors of the barrel and its former contents into the beer creating a very unique and rich flavor.
Anderson Valley's Boont Amber is already a pretty unique beer without the hoppiness that a lot of trendy beers have nowadays. While there are certainly those who like beer with a lot of hop flavor in it, Boont Amber is really a very smooth beer. Tony says he tastes hints of vanilla in that beer but everybody's got an opinion.
For beer geeks, this beer's only got 6% alcohol by volume with an IBU rating of 16. We're selling 22-ounce bottles to guests of the Featherbed Railroad for just $15 and we bought one of the last three cases our distributor had.
We're going to try to do an Interesting Beer every month and they will be available at the Featherbed Railroad while supplies last.
The somewhat remote Anderson Valley is really an extraordinary place but, even more so, the area actually has its own homemade language, Boontling. Still spoken by a handful of residents, Boontling is considered by modern linguists to be one of the world’s most extraordinary examples of a homemade language. At its peak Boontling was even taught in the valley’s schools and it was not uncommon for bright lighters (outsiders) to be completely dumbfounded by local conversation.
Who knows, a couple of these 22oz bottles of Boont Barl might make you change your language to incorporate a bit of Boontling. No matter what, we wish you Bahl Hornin'.
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