Few veterans of the US brewing scene still pull as many surprises as Anderson Valley. When the brewery started in 1987, there were only a few dozen microbreweries in the United States, and more than 25 years later, Anderson Valley is still hand-crafting great ales. It is best known for its Hop Ottin' IPA, and in just the past years it has expanded its lineup with unique Belgian and sour beers.
Tucked in the woods of northern California, AVBC is just outside the tiny town of Boonville. The brewery might be eclectic (it has a great disc golf course on its grounds), but it's state-of-the-art, too, with nearly half its power coming from solar. The beers play off the town's own language, called Boontling, because Anderson Valley is all about Bahl Hornin' - Good Drinking.