OCWeekly — February 18, 2016
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Drink Of The Week
Robert Flores

Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout at Kelly's Korner Tavern

There's a reason we named Kelly's Korner Tavern in Placentia the best neighborhood bar in North OC, and it's not just because it has Orange County's best Taco Tuesday. There are enough big screens on which to watch everyone's team play, a couple of pool tables and dart boards, and even a Scratcher kiosk at which to wager your hard-earned cash. The sandwiches are stacked worthy of Katz's, the cheeseburgers are juicy AF, the trivia nights are savage (watch out for the kings that be Who, Mortimer?/ ManBearPigs). And then, of course, there's the beer.

It pours the usual domestics on draft, but don't be a chavala and mix it up a bit. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA (7 percent ABV) is more smooth than tart, but you still get that citrus-y freshness that grapefruit adds to offset the hoppiness of IPAs. Port Board Meeting Brown Ale, with its 8.5 percent ABV, is full, rich and malty. Then the chocolate and coffee kick in, leaving you with a big satisfied smile. Mmm . . . Chocolatebeercoffee. But Kelly's best cerveza may be the Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.

THE DRINK

Bourbon and beer go together so well-who knew! So many rich flavors that I asked to lick the barrel (no, seriously-you can ask awesome waitress Carmen) for any final hints of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Served in a goblet, this beer is meant to be savored while you relax with your best buds on Triva Thursday-BRING IT.

KELLY'S KORNER TAVERN 907 E. Yorba Linda Blvd., Placentia, (714) 961-9396; www.kellyskornertavern.com.
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