Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Review

The shortest day of the year is the Winter Solstice. From that day forward night becomes shorter and day becomes longer. Anderson Valley Brewing celebrates the Winter Solstice with a ale to get you through the long nights.

Winter Solstice pours dark amber with a beige head that dissipates to fine lace. Big caramel malt, toffee and spice aromas invite tasting. For all that nose, Winter Solstice is medium bodied, silky with good carbonation. Lots of malts and just enough spice flavors, there’s a touch of allspice, pepper, coriander, cinnamon and vanilla toffee. The finish is a smooth with caramel malts and pepper. It’s 6.9% ABV and only 6 IBU.

What I really like about Winter Solstice is it’s drinkability. It has everything you would expect of a winter warmer, but brewed with enough restraint to enjoy two glasses.

The Anderson Valley and it’s “capital” city Booneville is a unique place in Northern California. Founded in the late 1800s as a farming and logging community, the isolated people of the valley created their own language called Boontling. The one phrase you need to know is, aplenty bahl steinber horn – really great beer!

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    While it's difficult to picture Santa as a young man, he was once. He met the future Mrs. Claus one snowy night when she offered him a winter ale that she brewed herself. It was love at first sight - for both the Mrs. and her winter ales. With Santa's growing fame, his favorite brews became named after his favorite day - Christmas. Santa now travels the world each year to spread the joy that began in a stable in Bethlehem two millennia ago.

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