Anderson Valley Brewing Company
May 15, 2012 by Kathryn Oakes, Chief of Staff – Corporate Executive Team, Director of Marketing
If you are looking for good beers, an out-of-the-box brewery, and have the desire to learn a new language...then Anderson Valley is just what you need.
With its small roots starting in 1987, Anderson Valley Brewing Company has since grown to become a pretty stable brewery. Recently I attended a conference in which the owner, Trey White, and brewmaster, Fal Allen, spoke. Since then I have become interested in the beers and culture of the Anderson Valley Brewing Company. To understand the beers, you first have to understand the language native to Anderson Valley- Boontling. Boontling is a fun folk language which is incorporated into the funky names of Anderson Valley brews. (To learn more about Boontling you can visit Anderson Valley's website or Wikipedia)
Boont Amber Ale - Taken from the language itself, Boont is a pale ale rich in caramel malt. With its sweet, malty taste and subtle hop bite, this ale brings out rich flavors in steak, chicken and other flavorful meals. Boont has a beautiful copper color and a robust head. I didn't find this brew to be extremely hoppy but definitely full of flavor!
Hop Ottin' IPA - The name doesn't lie. In Boontling this mean "hard working hops" and that pretty much sums it up. This is definitely a beer for the hop lover which is brewed with Pacific Northwestern hops and additional dry hopped for an additional hop kick. Let me know what you think after you've tried it!
Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Named after the Boontling name for the Hendy Woods State Park which has such a deep, thick, redwood canopy that it often feels like midnight during the day, this oatmeal stout is a deep, dark, and fullbodied beer that does its namesake proud. Barney Flats has mocha flavors and a subtle hop bite.
Summer Solstice - Get ready for summer with this seasonal perfect for sipping poolside. Slightly spicy, Summer Solstice is rich in malt and caramel and has a very creamy mouth feel.
So whether you are in the mood for a rich hoppy beer or a great summer seasonal- Anderson Valley Brewing Company has what you're looking for.
Which is your favorite? Tell us about your experience!