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Drink in Some Craft Beer History at Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley may be known for its wines, but one company put it on the map for a different reason—its beer. The Anderson Valley Brewing Company emerged in 1987. At the time, artisanal beers had yet to catch on; when it was founded, the business was one of just 20 craft breweries across the country.

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Drink in Some Craft Beer History at Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley may be known for its wines, but one company put it on the map for a different reason—its beer. The Anderson Valley Brewing Company emerged in 1987. At the time, artisanal beers had yet to catch on; when it was founded, the business was one of just 20 craft breweries across the country.

Eventually, though, people took notice. Working out of a 10-barrel brewhouse in Boonville, the company racked up awards and accolades. They quickly outgrew their original home, and in 1996, moved down the road to a 100-barrel brewhouse on 26 acres of land.

Befitting their status as craft beer pioneers, Anderson Valley Brewing Company continues to push the envelope. They adhere to sustainable brewing practices, generating 40 percent of their electricity through solar panels and reusing all of their wastewater to irrigate their hop fields. They even resurrected a near-extinct style of beer—German Gose.

At 60 miles from our inn, a trip to this seminal brewery makes for a fun excursion. And if you fancy yourself a craft beer aficionado, we highly recommend visiting.

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