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.
I was nervous about this beer because itâ€™s a described as a â€ścerveza crema,â€ť 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:Â â€śTwo reasons: One, this beer has become a favorite among many of our Hispanic friends, so itâ€™s named in their honor. Two, it sounds cool, and cool is what you want when itâ€™s hot.”
My first thought: Nutrigrain bar. Itâ€™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 wonâ€™t feel as full afterwards. At 5.6% ABV, itâ€™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 â€“ Worth a try