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Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing CompanyAnderson Valley Brewing Company
BA SCORE
89
very good

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 14.5%
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 16,311
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

17700 Highway 253 - P.O. Box 505
Boonville, California, 95415
United States
phone: (800) 207-BEER

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @avbc

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%

6/30/13

Gloria and I drove through Boonville twice on this trip, criss-crossing Mendocino county, including the Mountain View Road to the coast that was so small and winding that we stopped abruptly at one point thinking that we were driving on a bike path. Clearly remote and not hit by accident, Anderson Valley Brewing is very pretty drive with good beer at the end (or middle) of it.

With time before the tour, we headed to the bar to order a sampler tray, ingeniously individualized by checking choices on a provided sheet that our bartender delivered to our table nearby. At least we choose to sit at a table because the steel saddle bar stools looked uncomfortable for my "fuller" figure.

I started with standards I've had in Minnesota. Hop Ottin' IPA is well brewed but average and the Brother David's Tripel is a more than solid brew, matching my expectations. Similar to Lagunitas, only the basics get out of the valley to Minnesota. Dipping into the barrel aged offerings, all were of a new level that I don't associate with AVBC The best of the three was Gaitlan Damnosus, a sour bourbon barrel aged barleywine: dirty white head over a brown ale with copper highlights; light cherry, dark malt, raisin, fig, and dark cherry to build a Flemish sour brown nose; clean and bright for a sour while still being complex. Beautifully integrated barrel aged beer that warms exceedingly well when we ordered a draft after the tour.

Not wanting to push through our samples, the bartenders offered to keep our extras in the fridge until we returned. For me, the highlight of the tour was the beautiful view past the copper kettles towards the taproom. An unusual addition to the tour was seeing the beer catalog of samples brewed over the last thirty days in case of a quality control issue. Our tour guide was bubbly, informative and entertaining, though she didn't speak any Boontling (the local folk language native to the valley). My wife and I speculated that it might be a part of the tour, but our guide was new; however, she thought she might have to learn some for the future.

Based on tour information, we sampled a few more beers. First, I tried the Poleeko Pale Ale and Belk's ESB, each using the hopback. Both were very aromatic, as expected, but the pale ale seemed unbalanced while the ESB was exceptional for a style I don't admire. My wife tried the Fall Hornin' Pumpkin Ale, which she says is the best pumpkin beer to date; I disagreed but found it interesting in that it tastes like the fresh local pumpkins used rather than the all-spice route of most.

The most unusual beer was the El Steinbeer, a Mexican style dark lager with 20% blue corn. Similar to Negro Modelo, especially the nose, but the blue corn comes through lightly in the background to give it a very unique taste. In the right circumstance, I would happily drink this lager.

While finishing our samples, we walked around looking for a suitable souvenir, preferably with the horned bear icon. We settled on a new glass that looks like a beer can with its top cut off, which fits nicely in my collection. As we were about to leave, Dave and Meredith that we met at Lagunitas walked in, so we sat to chat again. I took the opportunity to add one last draft of the Hwy 128 Session Pale Ale: dark amber ale with an off white head; floral nose with a dark, muted malt underneath; caramel and solid hop bite to compliment the nose. Very nice and a fun finish our day at AVBC with new friends.

It's a beautifully scenic and hilly drive from any direction to Boonville. We drove through without staying over night in both directions, but a a longer visit with stops at wineries can easily be added to this beer run. A remoteness that explains the formation of their own language in the Boonville area also informs the beer. While true of all breweries to a degree, Anderson Valley Brewing is truly born of the area and it continues to feed their creativity today.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/08/anderson-valley-brewing-boonville-ca.html.

FightingEntropy, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

david18, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Vogt52, Aug 21, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

BUNZILLA, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Stopped in here on the way to the coast on 30 Aug 2012.

Just off the highway to the right before you hit town. Largish bar with 12-15 beers on tap. All Anderson Valley, several that are one offs or brewery only. Bar area is not much to write home about (in terms of style), a few tables, small gift shop area, only some peanuts (gratis w beer purchase) and small bags of Doritos, etc. for food. Beer in bottles is available to go.

We sat outside because we had the dog with us. Was an amazing late summer day, sitting in the shade of some live oaks sipping a beer was a perfect way to spend a rest stop.

htomsirveaux, Sep 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

davegray, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

KStark, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

EFR94, Apr 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

MrDave, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

largadeer, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

buckyp, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%

I’ve been to this brewery more times than any other brewery (except maybe Russian River). Why? My aunt lives down the street so I’ve been coming up to Boonville for years. I can even remember when the brewery was at its original smaller location down the street, although I was too young to drink back then.

The tasting room/bar/gift shop/seating area is all housed in one large warehouse style room and is very sterile and under-decorated. There is a bar along one wall. Beside it are coolers full of six packs, bombers and cases of their beer. There are tables and seating throughout the majority of the room, and there is a little side area full of clothing, Frisbees, and glassware available for purchase. There is no kitchen, only prepackaged salty snack food, so don’t come here expecting a meal.

The brewery tour is entertaining and detailed yet straightforward. It costs a small fee to attend but I got a voucher for a free pint along with a few free tasters out of it.

My favorite part about the brewery is the huge chalkboard over the bar which lists all the beer they currently offer on tap. They usually have just as many brewery-only releases flowing as they do beers that they bottle, which is why I get excited looking at a chalkboard. Every time I go here there is something brand new that hasn’t made it outside the brewery yet. They also occasionally offer things on cask.

Overall, I love the beer and I love the town, but the lack of a kitchen and the extremely sterile atmosphere are worth (negatively) noting. They do have a full disk golf course though, and you can drink beer outside on the course as well as anywhere on their property. Definitely stop here if you’re heading up to Mendocino for the weekend, you love disk golf, or if you’re in town for the epic beer festival they host every summer.

scottfrie, Oct 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

AHeaston8, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of BigB415
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

I wonder why no one has it reviewed this place yet? probably because it's in the middle of nowhere and not very fun and easy to get to. Anyways, I went on a Saturday afternoon for the 1:30 tour and it was easily 95 degrees. They don't have a kitchen so I brought a sandwich for a picnic and ate in the shade. They do have a tasting bar and a gift shop. I bought a pint glass for my collection and a shirt. The tour costs 5 bucks a person but you get a discount at the shop. The tasting bar/gift shop is dog friendly so if you happen to be passing through with your dog bring him/her. There is a resident black lab that chills in there and walks around the entire time. The downside is that you can't bring your dog on the tour.

The tour itself was alright, I've been on better but it was still a cool way to kill an hour. The property itself was smaller than I was expecting but they do have a full 18 hole disc golf course. My tour guide was "interesting" and you got 2 free samples at the end of the tour. The only AVBC beer I have had was the Oatmeal Stout so I got the Amber Ale and the Summer Solstice and I found both to be ok.

In the end, Anderson Valley Brewing Company is good if you're passing through since it is on the way to the Oregon Border if you want to take Highway 1 along the coast. Other than that nothing really stood out for me other than the windy road there and back that almost got me car sick.

BigB415, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%

Salvage the day right.

Nothing beats hitting a windy road in a low to the ground, manual transmission except doing so en route to a quality brewery. In fact, there is no other way to find Anderson Valley Brewing Company nestled in its namesake Anderson Valley just a mile from the heart of Boonville, CA.

This secluded brewery touting the infamous Barkley logo, (Bear + Deer = Beer), has been producing quality beer since 1987 and currently produces around 36,000 barrels per annum.

The current brewing facility and tasting room combines this sort of production with the local small-town aesthetic. The tasting room is spacious and well stocked with brewery history and a stuffed life size version of Barkley the Beer. The sample offerings were truly impressive served by knowledgeable staff. I was even invited to sample various versions of a new sour in production to determine public opinion on the upcoming release.

The barrel aged collection is fantastic with a fair amount of variety. With the other styles and upcoming sours, I can’t wait to go back.

Try all the beers.

GraduatedCashew, Aug 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

hayesjw, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Hohnbaum, Nov 18, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Majesty, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Beer-Ed, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

arcman001, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

aj_tuna, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Ryan82, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

JSails, Jan 30, 2014
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, CA
89 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.