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Anderson Valley Brewing
(HMB Holdings)
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17700 Highway 253
PO Box 505
Boonville CA 95415
Telephone: +1 707-895-2337
Toll-Free: +1 800-207-2337
Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm.
Brewer: Fal Allen
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Notes

Visited: September 9, 1995

Opened: 1987

Annual Production: 20,000 bbl

Contributors: Mario Kornmesser, Peter Suddeth

Neat place, good beers. Bahl hornin'! The newly-expanded brewery began production December 2, 1996. The Buckhorn Saloon is no longer a part of the Anderson Valley company, having been sold by the brewery, but their beers are still available there. The new facility features a tasting room, gift shop, beer garden, brewery tours (1:30pm-4:00pm), the first 18-hole disc golf course with its own craft brewery, Shire horse-drawn carriage rides, and available space for private events. It recently became substantially solar powered, generating 30-50% of its own power with a $860,000 state-of-the-art photovoltaic array; now they're the “Solar Powered Brewery®”

Anderson Valley was acquired by HMB Holdings in April 2010.

Updated: April 5, 2016

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Beer List

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    8.70% abv.
    • Date: July 20, 2008 (#7195)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Liquid Solutions, Tigard OR
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Amber, hazy. Thick head, high carbonation.
      Aroma (3)
      Spicy, resiny.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Big and chewy. Resiny and bitter and grassy.
      Overall Impression (2)

  • 6.00% abv.

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    Awards:
    • Date: November 6, 2001 (#3976)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Sam's Wine and Spirits, Chicago IL
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Black, thick brown head. Sweet, spicy, black, herbal aroma. Medium-big body, very roasty, very hoppy, very drying.
    • Date: April 18, 1996 (#1375)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 18 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Black, big brown head. Burnt black malt aroma. Big, black, smooth. Not quite as burnt as Wild Irish Rogue (18-1374).
    • Date: September 9, 1995 (#1183)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Black, OK head. Smells like cold coffee. Black malty blast. Thin compared to Dark (16-1182).
    • Date: January 16, 1995 (#738)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 16½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Black opaque, thin head. Strong coffee aroma. Thick and black. Lots of very black malt.
    • Date: November 5, 1994 (#490)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 18 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Black, thick brown head. Coffee/chocolate aroma, burnt. Smooth, black, burnt flavors. Long black finish fades in and lingers.
    • Date: July 1, 1993 (#116)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Quite Black Indeed. (QBI?) Aroma is Quite Burnt Indeed. (QBI?) This is Guinness without the sour beer. The oatmeal really smooths out the black malt. Very nice indeed!

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    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    Awards:
    • Date: April 18, 1996 (#1373)
      Package: draught
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Yellow-amber, OK carbonation and head. Crystal malt, pretty big hop nose. Tastes much like it smells. Good crystal flavor, with a creeping bitterness all the way to the finish.
    • Date: September 9, 1995 (#1185)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Golden, low carbonation, OK head. Clean aroma. Good body, good malts...not particularly bitter.
    • Date: April 27, 1995 (#893)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 17½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Gold, a bit of haze. Very low carbonation, good head. Slightly perfumey. Good body...good balance...good bitter finish.
    • Date: March 1, 1993 (#1928)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Overall Impression
      Good bitter! Aftertaste sticks with you. Still has that Anderson Valley house flavor.

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    American-Style Amber/Red Ale
    Awards:
    • Date: April 18, 1996 (#1372)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Red-amber, very high carbonation, very big head. Subtle hop aroma, not much else. Nice body and balance. Slightly peppery. Big carbonation bite. Mild hoppy finish.
    • Date: September 9, 1995 (#1181)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Red-amber, low carbonation and head. Citrus aroma again, but not as strong as others (16-1179, 16-1180). Good balance, caramel flavors. Some bitterness in finish.
    • Date: February 11, 1995 (#774)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Nice amber, good head, very low carbonation. Caramel malt aroma, touch o'hops. Great caramel flavor and balance. Tastes and feels a lot like Centennial, but not as bitter.
    • Date: November 5, 1994 (#496)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber, good fizz. Pacific Northwest hop aroma. Malty, not real bitter. Sweet.

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    Belgian-Style Dubbel
    9.00% abv.
    Awards:

  • Brother David's Triple
    Belgian-Style Tripel
    10.00% abv.

  • Centennial Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Cream Porter
    Robust Porter

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    Deep Enders Dark
    Robust Porter
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    High Rollers Wheat Beer
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast

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    Hop Ottin' IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Horn of the Bear Barleywine
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Nitro Stout
    Sweet Stout or Cream Stout

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    Poleeko Gold Light Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Scotch Ale
    Traditional Strong Scotch Ale
    9.00% abv.

  • Summer Solstice

  • Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema
    American Lager/Ale or Cream Ale
    5.00% abv.
    Awards:

  • Whamber
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

  • Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale
    Herb and Spice Beer
    6.90% abv.