Buckhorn Saloon

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3.95 w/ 3 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

14081 Highway 128
Boonville, California, 95415
United States

(707) 895-3389

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Reviews by Troyone:
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The place looks like a Bed and Breakfast or house from the outside. The inside reminds me of a ski lodge bar since the setting is up high over looking a nice patio area down below three stories (I think). The different levels of the outside patios have heater lamps and a horseshoe area in the far back. The locals or regulars are friendly and do not have a good impression of the owner of Anderson Valley Brewing. There are TV's one large one and different dining areas inside including what appeared to be a loft area near the bar.

All brass tap nozzles and wood tables, chairs and (spacious) bar. Restroom was clean and did not see the kitchen.

Service was business like and can be prompt.

All of the Anderson Valley brews were on tap and for sale in bottles, no cask. They did have guest beers. The Anderson Valley beers had some possible notables.

Food was alright.


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Photo of GreenWBush
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The basement of the Buckhorn Saloon is where Anderson Valley Brewing Company was founded. Now the beer flows from taps in a modestly decorated bar in the tiny little NorCal town of Boonville, California.

There is little to adorn this bar; a few neon signs, wood-paneled walls, horns, and a mirror. But the true beauty is the beer.

When I went in August of 2004, there were just the main AVBC beers (IPA, Amber, Oatmeal Stout, Pale, Wheat) and a special - Sister Jen's Triple Belgium ale.

The IPA was delectable and top-notch as always (to those haven't had it fresh - seek it). The pale was deliciously delicate but still big and hoppy; the Oatmeal stout was consistent, and the High Roller wheat was still in my opinion, not that great. No big differences that my palate could taste except for the Amber. I'm not at all a fan normally, but either the combination of the beers or the simple freshness overwhelmed me. Malty and super-poundable. The Belgian style was delicious and amazingly drinkable for 10%.

On tap could also be found Pabst Blue Ribbon, Budweiser, and Coors Light. I found this endlessly interesting - some of the brewery workers don't drink the beer, said the very nice female waitress. She seemed to know the beers well but overall was friendly and hospitable. The other male server seemed much more callous to the whole thing, ridiculing that we'd come all the way from Fort Wayne, Indiana for this. He kept chatting on with the other waitress like the three of us in the Saloon weren't there, but hey, no big deal.

I don't know if this place will stay when they put in the tap-room.

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Photo of Mark
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This charming little pub is the birthplace of the Anderson Valley Brewing co. It is their former brewpub, and now is the main outlet for having their beer on tap. It is no longer owned by Anderson Valley who have built a wonderful modern brewhouse a stones throw west of their former home, but I was assured they "advise" the new owners on keeping and dispensing the beer. Location is right on Hwy 128 the main road through Boonville. Bar is large and stools are shaped like saddles. Nice setting with a view of the hills in back of the pub. Bar towels from everywhere adorn the walls and it's fun to look at them all. I guarantee you will see your favorite brewer, who ever that might be. The beer is served in Boonvile Beer pint glasses and seems well tended, though maybe not quite as lovingly cared for when owned by Anderson. All their line up is offered. Food is decent but portions are small at lunch. The burgers and fries are good but skimpy, at least for me. Nice place to enjoy great beer. One could if starting north from the Golden Gate Bridge hit, Marin, Moylan's, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Anderson Valley, and North Coast Brewing companies in that order. Sounds like beer heaven huh? Definite must visit for advocates and lovers of Boonville brew.

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Buckhorn Saloon in Boonville, CA
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