Anderson Valley Brewing Company Releases 7 Year Port Barrel Stout

Boonville, CA, April 23, 2009 --( Anderson Valley Brewing Company is excited to announce a special release of 7 Year Port Barrel Stout for Spring 2009 with its debut in 750ml bottles at the 13th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Fest.

This extremely limited release (150 total bottles, limit 2 per customer) is the product of some exciting, under-the-radar innovation emanating from up in the hills of Boonville California.

Anderson Valley is also home to a great number of wineries, established as far back as the 19th century. Meyer's Family Cellars, renown for their California Port wines, graciously provided the barrels used to age Anderson Valley Brewing Company's award-winning Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. Meyer’s Family Cellar’s old vine Zinfandel California Port is fortified with Zinfandel Brandy and aged for over 8 years using a modified solera method. It is in these Meyer's Family Cellars' Port barrels, brought in from just a few miles down the road from the brewery, that the brewery aged their Barney Flat's Oatmeal Stout for over 7 years in the barrel.

According to brewer David Gatlin, "The beer delivers subtle notes of chocolate and dark fruits of the stout as well as conveys the spicy red fruit qualities of the port. Hints of malt sweetness meld with smoke and leather on the nose, with green apple and earthiness rounding out the aromatics. The full 7 years of aging comes through in the mouth with a touch of sourness and a vinous, dry finish."

This is a beer to be enjoyed at just above cellar temperature (55*) and should be savored and allowed to develop in a snifter. Anderson Valley Brewing Company suggest serving it in their Anderson Valley Belgian snifters, in order to capture the aromatic complexities that develop as the beer opens up. Port Barrel Stout is being released in comically limited quantities, so get it while you can. If you do happen to be lucky enough to get your hands on more than just one of the 150 bottles, this is a beer that will cellar well and continue to develop over time.

Port Barrel Stout (ABV 8.7%, IBU 65) will be available in 750ml bottles at the 13th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival only. These bottles will be released on the Sunday, May 3rd at 11:00am following the 13th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival and will be limited to 2 bottles per person.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company
John Kuhry
(707) 895-BEER