The Albany Distilling Company

— Pretty awesome meeting the guys from The Albany Distilling Company at the Altamont Vineyard’s HalloWine Fest last night. I’ve read about them in the past but I failed and they completely fell off my radar so I’m glad I caught them before they open up next week. They were pouring their white whiskey which had a surprisingly great taste (little bit of a burn on the back end but that’s to be expected and will mellow out during the barrel-aging process). I thought it tasted even better than the white whiskey at Maker’s Mark, interestingly enough.

Anyway I would be doing all of you beer nerds a complete injustice if I didn’t ask the all important question: What are they doing with the spent bourbon barrels? Thankfully, they said the Albany Pump Station is chomping at the bit to get their hands on them. I would love to see that collaboration happen on a super-local bourbon barrel aged robust porter or imperial stout. Make it happen guys!

Don’t forget to check out The Albany Distilling Company’s grand opening THIS Friday. It starts at 11 with a ribbon cutting and they’ll be slinging whiskey until midnight. Be there!

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