Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.23/5 rDev -18.6%
From the outside it appears to be something of Germania, with rolling hills with whate'r growing on them. After re-orientating myself after the roller coaster drive, I headed in. A few people were at the bar, and the inside was not at all like the outside feeling empty with open ceilings and lighter colored walls and floors. I got a flight and the beers ranged from OK to good but not great and there was not much if any for rarities. If you're looking for a kindred place in the hills and meadows, there are probably better alternatives and with other great breweries within hours away this place is lost in the fierce competition of proteges.
03-15-2013 22:24:42 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.23/5 rDev -18.6%
I stopped by the brewery on my honeymoon (a road trip up the California coast!). The first time we stopped by, they were closed, unfortunately.
A sign on the door noted they were closed on Wednesdays, so I understand the inconvenience...however, I could see there were lots of staff members inside, all at the bar, presumably all enjoying beers themselves! We pulled up in a car, even peeked in the window, none of them seemed to even notice us or acknowledge us, even to tell us it was closed, sorry, whatever. A little off-putting. Quite a contrast considering that earlier that day, my wife and I stopped by the Bear Republic brewery and left with a free case of Racer 5 after casually mentioning it was our honeymoon!
The place itself was very cool. A disc golf course, the german-styled brewhouse, and the beautiful nature setting the brewery was located in! Loved that a high-quality craft brewery was literally in the middle of nowhere in a small town.
Fortunately, we got to stop by the next day on our way down to Yosemite, and now they were open. The interior of the brewpub was nice, and they had some T-shirts and random memorabilia (kind of overpriced). We snagged a few gifts and I got a single of the AV ESB to enjoy later that night.
Overall, wish I had more time to get a brewery tour, but it felt like a complete lack of attention/service compared to some other breweries I've been to, especially compared to Bear Republic earlier that day.
05-16-2013 22:16:42 | More by verge
3.29/5 rDev -17.1%
Been up this way many of times, always an adventure. Tucked away in an area more known for its marijuana cultivation, comes the Boonville dialect. Imagine what happens when redneck meets California culture, this is what you get.
Back in the day, the brewery was distinct and located away from the 'brewhouse' which is really just a tavern in the 'city' that carries all their beers. It had a cool horseshoe pit down below and was a neat vibe. The tour now costs $$, it was free before. Disc golf is the highlight, not the beer, but whatever gets your atmosphere points up.
The place is really just a warehouse with a gift shop and tasting room alongside a brewery production facility.
Be careful not to get car sick, I've had it happen a few times on these roads. Look at something off in the distance, not something close like your dashboard.
12-12-2011 19:40:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, CA
89 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.