The Anderson valley brewing company are based in Boonville California. Founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a 10-barrel brewhouse, located in its brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon.
When the demand for their award winning ales exceeded the capacity of the 10-barrel brewery below the pub, a 30-barrel facility was built a mile from the centre of Boonville.
In 1998, construction began on a state-of-the-art, three-story Bavarian-style brewhouse. The centrepiece of the brewhouse are gleaming 100- and 85- barrel copper brew kettles rescued by the owners from a defunct German brewery during a trip to Europe in 1995. The new brewhouse went on line in August of 2000.
In April of 2010 the brewery was sold to industry veteran Trey White. In September of that year Fal Allen (former general manager 2000 – 2004, no relation to Ken) returned to the brewery as brewmaster.
White has focused on innovation and quality, introducing the Bahl Hornin’ Series, expanding the barrel aged program, and increasing brewing capacity.
I’ve managed to try three beers by this brewery. I started with Boont, Anderson valley’s amber ale.
Similar to real cask-conditioned ale (for a bottled beer).
The nose is light citrus and slightly floral.
The taste is very well balanced with mild citrus, a mild herb bitterness along with a slight grassy taste.
A very smooth finish with a slightly oily mouth feel.
A really nice amber ale.
The second beer I tried was the Anniversary Imperial IPA.
The Imperial IPA was first created in honor of the brewery’s 20th anniversary.
On the nose, grapefruit, mango, passion fruit and some west coast hops.
Loads of citrus and floral hops along with some of the malt sweetness in the taste. I also get a tinge of copper in this beer.
A thick mouth feel which compliments this style of beer very well.
I really enjoyed this IIPA.
The last beer I tried was Brother David’s Triple Abbey Style Ale.
This was probably my favourite of the three beers.
The nose reminded me of a Belgian wit beer. It has lots of fruit and cloves with some yeast in the background.
The taste was of dark fruits, bread and some spice and sweetness from the hops.
The mouthfeel is suprisingly light with no real hint of the 10% abv.