Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.

For Wednesday, we are celebrating Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, CA) by featuring Summer Solstice seasonal ale.  Summer Solstice is a slightly sweet, malty session beer with a creamy mouth feel and clean finish.  With hints of caramel in the nose and a touch of spice, it’s become affectionately known as “cream soda for adults”. The unique flavors and superior “drinkability” make for the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer day.

We are great fans of Anderson Valley Brewing Company, currently offering several brews from them.   Bourbon Barrel Stout and Pinchy Jeek Barl (both bombers), Hop Ottin’ IPA, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, and the seasonal Summer Solstice.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company is a true “small brewery” both in size and in community participation.

Like many craft breweries, Anderson Valley maintains a strong ecological commitment.    In 2006 the brewery installed a large photo-voltaic array (otherwise known as solar panels), providing 40% of the breweries electrical needs. Anderson Valley Brewing has been a five time WRAP Award Winner in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, and 2000. Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) recognizes California businesses for their outstanding waste reduction efforts.

The brewery’s 100-barrel copper brew house was recycled from two closed breweries in Germany, Ambrose Brutting Braü (Stoffelstein) and Magnus Braü (Kassendorf). Recently the brewery began packaging beers in aluminum cans, a lighter and more compact packaging that requires far less energy transport and less energy to recycle other than glass.

Land management is assisted with the help of some furry friends. Of Anderson Valley’s approximately 28 acres of grass, about 10% is “mowed” using a team of goats. A non-toxic pest control system (a cat named Figaro) guards the brew house and keeps rodents out.

Perhaps the most interesting chapter of Anderson Valley lore is its native language, Boontling. Still spoken by a handful of residents, Boontling is considered by modern linguists to be one of the world’s most extraordinary examples of a homemade language. At its peak Boontling was even taught in the valley’s schools and it was not uncommon for bright lighters (outsiders) to be completely dumbfounded by local conversation.  Anderson Valley Brewing embraces this local history by using Boontling in their marketing.

  • Bahl Hornin’: good drinking
  • Barney Flats: Hendy Woods National Forest. A spectacular forest of virgin redwoods, located in Anderson Valley.
  • Boont: Boonville. The largest community and focal center of Anderson Valley. The town where the language of Boontling originated. Now famous for its local brewery
  • Heelch: A large quantity.
  • Horn: A drink; to drink.
  • Kimmie: A man or father
  • Tidrik: A party; a social gathering. (Probably from “tea drink,” a dialectal expression meaning the same thing.)
  • Yink: boy or son

We hope you will enjoy some Bahl Hornin’ with us today, as we feature Summer Soltice for half price!    

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