In addition to being a place where brewery-only releases can be created and tapped, Barrelworks is an ode to the flavor complexities of the oak barrel and the warehouse is in the beginning stages of a grand experiment to invite in bacteria and wild yeast and create a house flavor like all those wacky Belgian farmers did by mistake centuries ago. It’s a created terroir concept akin to Bear Republic’s Sonoma County open inoculation for Tartare except there is a room of 400 used and fresh char oak barrels and everything from Lil Opal to Double DBA within the staves.I need an excuse to get to Buellton to try some of these wild beers, although I'll pass on the barfing part.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Firestone Walker's Wild Side
I saw the link to this article from LA Weekly about Firestone Walker's Buellton Barrelworks tasting room on Beer Samizat's twitter feed. The article is worth a read. The beers I've had from Firestone Walker have been good, but I wouldn't categorize it as an edgy brewer. That perception has changed. It sounds like Firestone Walker is doing some creative, experimental brewing: