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Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Ale 
Posted: 14 August 2015  Beer Republic 5.5 
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Ale from USA Summer Solstice Ale is described as a cream ale, a "malty session beer with a creamy mouth feel and clean finish."  You're supposed to pair it with stuff like ginger beef kebabs and S'mores.  If you're into having a beer with your chocolate cake or fusion Turkish food, Summer Solstice Ale might be just the beer designed for your eccentric habits.   
Avg price/liter: USD 5.13   ABV %: 5.0  Type: Ale   
       


Anderson Valley Brewing Company, from Boonville, California in, yep, Anderson Valley, is one of America's first craft breweries.  It was founded at the end of 1987 when there were just 19 other craft breweries in the USA.  You can imagine back then that there was a huge unfulfilled demand.  Anderson Valley came along at the right time.  Within about a decade of its founding, the brewery expanded twice.       

Founder Ken Allen turned 70 in 2010.  "I don't have the ambition I used to have," he said.  and sold the brewery to HMB Holdings, LLC.  "If I'd had my druthers, yeah, it would've been a family business and stayed that way."  But it didn't work out anything like that.  Allen's son bailed out of the brewery in 2000.       

Despite Anderson Valley being an ancient American craft brewery, I have little experience or memory of the brand, and it's ironic that my first recorded taste of Anderson Valley happens thousands of kilometers outside the USA.        

And it's sad that my first official tasting was of Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Ale! I am sure Anderson Valley Brewing Company is a good brewery or they wouldn't have been able to survive after hundreds, now thousands, of microbreweries occupied the scene.  

Summer Solstice Ale is described as a cream ale, a "malty session beer with a creamy mouth feel and clean finish."  You're supposed to pair it with stuff like ginger beef kebabs and S'mores.  I've never seen ginger beef kebabs and I don't reach for a beer when I enjoy sweets.        

This is very lightly hopped, as you might imagine from a beer described as cream soda for adults.  If you're into having a beer with your chocolate cake or fusion Turkish food, Summer Solstice Ale might be just the beer designed for your eccentric habits.  For the rest of us, enjoy the summer solstice outside Anderson Valley.  

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