By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
The Old Potrero brand is venerated particularly among California spirits geeks. For years the stocks were so small that we couldn't even get the standard releases consistently. When I saw it out at bars I ordered. When the supplier had it, we bought everything. Over the last several years a lot has changed at Mr. Maytag's old distillery, but they've always made this idiosyncratic single malt rye that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Now they're starting to have enough stock to sell barrels outright, usually it's cask experiments, but when we knew we had to jump on the new charred oak barrels as soon as they came up. With the recent sale of the Anchor Beer brand to the Japanese, the distilling component is moving away from the old branding, so these will be the very last Anchor Old Potrero barrels we'll ever see. And what a way to go out. Barrel 9 is showing less minty rye and more deep dark malt, cacao and savory spice. Textured and full bodied, this stuff is truly palate coating. Not for the faint of heart but an impressive example of why the Old Anchor Distilling Company was one of the great craft distillers of the modern era. A new chapter begins.