Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose

Five years ago if you walked into a bar and asked for a gose even a knowledgeable bartender would have looked at you like you were crazy. Fast forward a few years and it has become a revived cult classic with hundreds of breweries offering there own take on the unique brew. Gose is a beer brewed with bacteria along with yeast, sea salt and spices to create a oddly refreshing sour and salty beer. Beeradvocate.com has almost 400 unique beers listed under the gose category. That is a far cry from a day not too long ago when the style that was no longer produces anywhere in the world.

Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink and The Holy Gose

If you are looking for a beer with a local story behind it, boy, does Anderson Valley Brewing Co. has you covered.

The Anderson Valley has its own unique linguistic variation of the English language called Boontling, which is made up of terms invented by the women and children workers in fields around the turn of the century. So, in Bootling, the kimmie means a man (or father), the yink means boy (or son) and the holy gose is a play on the holy ghost. In other words, the name of the beer in Bootling translates to The Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost.

Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl

Started in 1987 with a small 10 barrel brewhouse, Anderson Valley Brewing Company has grown extensively over the past two decades. Having expanded its production capabilities just a little bit in the past two decades, they now have a wide distribution and name recognition that they might not have had even 10 years ago. Having seen it on the shelf but never having tried it myself, jumping into its lineup with the brewery’s new seasonal barrel-aged pumpkin ale, Pinchy Jeek Barl, sounded like as good a way to start off as any.