THE ALEHEADS PODCAST: FAL ALLEN, ANDERSON VALLEY BREWING CO.

Not Fal Allen, but lots of Barney Flats in Bourbon Barrels

After a summer hiatus, we proudly welcome Anderson Valley brewmaster Fal Allen to the show in the wake of their recently announced Wild Turkey partnership. We discuss Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout in bourbon barrels, new AVBC brews on the horizon, Fal’s time as a brewer in Singapore, their foray into cans, the challenges of starting a sour program, and much more.

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2 comments

  1. I’m glad that they’re thinking no on the cork and cages. I happen to think that’s just a waste. I’m not much for aesthetics of bottles, and I don’t see a huge gap between that and ridiculous Rogue-style ceramic bottles.

  2. I also think that this seemingly new trend of “session-strength” bourbon barrel aged beer is very interesting. I’m all for it—the mere fact that something is barrel-aged shouldn’t mean that it’s extremely strong. Of course, this version of Barney Flats will be going up against some VERY highly regarded competition in Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merlin, which seems like it would be the closest comparison.

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