Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley Brewing CompanyAnderson Valley Brewing Company
Anderson Valley Brewing CompanyAnderson Valley Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

17700 Highway 253 - P.O. Box 505
Boonville, California, 95415
United States

(800) 207-BEER | map
avbc.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.87
Beers:
68
Reviews:
7,863
Ratings:
24,381
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.02
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
72
pDev:
12.44%
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Aug 16, 2013
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Cool place to take a side trip. Bring your discs for disc golf. Did a brewery tour and they wanted to cancel it because my buddy and I were the only ones there but they still accommodated and took us through! We were on our way back from the Raiders game heading to Oregon and had to make a pit stop. Would love to someday make it back there.

Mar 15, 2020
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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The beer and vibe are great, but the disc golf course puts this place over the top. We really enjoyed our afternoon here. My G&T gose was a perfect beer to drink as I played a round.

Mar 01, 2020
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rorjets from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped by on our way to the Coast. Great taproom right off Rt 128 as you enter town from the east. Extensive selection on tap, and bottle and cans to go. Our group of 4 enjoyed two flights of beer, five beers per flight. The favorite was the Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout, but all selections were tasty. Really nice vibe. I would highly recommend a stop if you are passing thru Boonville.

Jan 24, 2020
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Mantooth from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Nov 26, 2018
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icemanls4 from Switzerland

4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Mar 16, 2017
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80x2HopHead from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Dec 01, 2016
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ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Nov 15, 2016
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celistealth from California

4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Nov 14, 2016
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tomb_ride from California

4.18/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nov 05, 2016
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flagmantho from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I visited Anderson Valley a couple days ago while driving through Boonville. It's a bit out of the way, but could be worth a special trip if you're a big fan of the beer. It's a pretty capacious space, with plenty of seating and a cool copper bar.

They had 19 taps available when I was there, with about 8 of those offerings beers that they don't bottle and that are available on-tap only. I had a taster tray of 5 of those, and the beer was pretty good. Service was good as well, my server knew plenty about the beer.

Nov 02, 2016
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Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

3.82/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Aug 16, 2016
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goopy from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Jul 17, 2016
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

May 06, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

When I think of the most hillbilly of California people, this place always comes to mind eventually. They have their own dialect they brag about. Repeatedly.

Wherever you're coming from, you've drove quite a ways, often on some very winding roads. All the brewery only selections have always been meh from my recollection. Gotta love the disc golf and horseshoes in the backyard if you will.

Apr 03, 2016
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soupermirl from Mississippi

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I visited this place twice. Both times Fal was inviting and genuine. Thanks Fal. First visit in 2011 with my wife was great. We got the treatment of the century. Now, before I say why... I realize all people will not get the same treatment, but I have to brag on the brewery and staff. I sent a letter ahead of time... special tour was waiting. The tasting room is great. Laid back... Anderson Valley/Boonville feel. Easy going. The grounds are open for people to picnic, etc. Second time was in 2015 with a couple of buddies. Again, I let them know we were coming ahead of time... Tour, tasting, genuine feel of love. Fal, again.. what can one say... he is the man. Beers are wonderful. The grounds of the brewery are very cool. Thanks Fal and Anderson Valley for the love.

Feb 28, 2016
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marshrat63 from California

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Jan 30, 2016
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Masonpp85 from California

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jan 08, 2016
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DanoBear from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped in on a portland to SF road trip. We have AVBC back home so stopped in more for the scene than anything else. It beat all expectations. They had 5 non bottled beers on draft. One BA stout was amazing (rye barrel stout). I wish it was bottled. Taps were cool as well as the trademark bear with antlers. Loved the brewery towering right next to the tap room. The 128 reference sunk in as we got back on the road....rt 128! Check it out for sure!

Jan 07, 2016
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JMcBride415 from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nov 22, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

A very scenic and relaxing drive through the mountains of northern California and then a great place in the middle of nowhere, with a very good selection of beers!

Oct 30, 2015
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WillDavis707 from California

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cool stop on the way to the coast, pretty solid lineup of different beers. Something for everyone. Tour was fun. Also disc golf course!

Oct 28, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Big taproom and bar. Beers on tap you can only get here. Busy place and staff work it. Outside seating too. And they make world class beer. What's not to like? Visited twice and both times struck up lively conversations with other patrons. Friendly vibe.

May 25, 2015
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peraltaspade72 from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Awesome small town brewery, came here during Sierra Nevada Music Festival. Loved the beers and enjoyed the whole town.

Apr 26, 2015
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Spanky7 from Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Apr 23, 2015
Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, CA
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