We ran into a group of headbanded craft beer fans at the Firestone Walker Brewing Festival who said they were from Boonville, Calif., and that we had to get up north for the next Boonville Beer Festival.
They said the Firestone event was right up there, but if we wanted something even funkier Boonville was the place.
What would you expect from a region who's hometown brew features a bear with antlers on the label? And fans who ran around FWIBF with head and wristbands?
After hanging with that crazy group and enjoying a few AVBC beers, it's safe to say we'll be in Boonville next year.
In honor of Boonville this Father's Day, my two year old son (fake ID?) bought me a sixer of Anderson Valley Brewing Company's Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout.
And it didn't disappoint. This classic was dark as used oil on the pour, with a thick tan head and a whiff of coffee on the nose, and a chocolatey, toffee like stout taste down the hatch.
Boonville style baby.
Other beers you'd like:
- Shipyard Brewing Company Blue Fin Stout
- Anderson Valley Poleeko Pale Ale
- Firestone Merlin Oatmeal Stout
- Mendocino Oatmeal Stout
- Firestone Oatmeal Stout