The Crafted Can – Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Ale

Posted on November 9th, 2010

The brewery is Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville, California. The brewery is solar powered. The brews are made from all natural ingredients. The canned six pack uses an eco-friendly holder. The brewery itself was first housed in the basement of the The Buckhorn Saloon. The beer is Summer Solstice, and it is quite the surprise.

Anderson Valley Summer Solstice AleI was nervous about this beer because it’s a described as a “cerveza crema,” which immediately makes me think of a beer like Corona. Two weeks after my initial introduction, I finally gave it a shot. Their reason for the subtitle? According to their website:  “Two reasons: One, this beer has become a favorite among many of our Hispanic friends, so it’s named in their honor. Two, it sounds cool, and cool is what you want when it’s hot.”

My first thought: Nutrigrain bar. It’s full of oat/grain flavor, with a weaker aroma that makes you question its flavor at first. Though it tastes like your eating a box of nutrition grain bars, you won’t feel as full afterwards. At 5.6% ABV, it’s definitely a great option for a session beer, regardless of the season.

In 140 characters: Summer Solstice is a smooth copper ale with a big oat taste. Not a beer that floored me, but made me say, “That’s interesting.” A good casual ale.

Rating: 3 out of 5 – Worth a try