Well, I don’t know how I’ve been writing this blog for this long without ever deciding to talk about one of my favorite things: Beer. After all these years spent enjoying the stuff, I figured that I should at least make some posts about some of the better brews or special seasonals that I get to imbibe. Lucky for me, I live within walking distance of a great liquor store called “Hi-Time Wine Cellars“. This is the only place I’ve been with a full walk-in beer cooler that holds a massive selection of beers from all over the world, plus more micro-brews than I’ve seen elsewhere…all cold, all the time. Ahhh….
Anyway, on to my first pick. Lucky for me, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, out of Boonville, CA, introduced this 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA (Inda Pale Ale, for those that don’t know). As you’ll soon learn, I’m partial to I.P.A.’s….meaning, I have waded through the countless brew styles and decided that my all time favorite is the India Pale Ale. It’s a very ‘hoppy’ beer, and if you don’t know what that means, you’ll find out as soon as you sip on one (ipa)….hehehe. This Anniversary Imperial is different from AVBC’s regularly offered Hop Ottin’ IPA. One major difference is the punch that the Imperial packs. Hop Ottin’ = 7% alcohol vs. Imperial = 8.7%. Almost all IPA’s have a high alcohol content as it’s part of the reason they are called India Pale Ales. Back in the day, brewers needed to find a way to ship their beers long distances, which took a long time, without them spoiling. They found that a high alcohol content kept the beers drinkable, and delicious. (some history for those that don’t know)
If you get the chance….buy yourself a couple 22’s of this brew. It’s very nice. And since it’s only gonna be around for a small part of the year….that makes it all the more special. …Plus a nice lookin label and the ‘feel good’ fact that the brewery is solar-powered
From the label: “Anderson Valley Brewing Co. first opened in downtown Boonville on December 26, 1987. This was a dream come true for those wishing to savor high quality, flavorful and perfectly balanced beers. To celebrate our 20 years of continued success, we have created a unique beer. Our Imperial India Pale Ale is loaded with excessive amounts of malts and 20 seperate additions of the finest Pacific Northwest hops.
We hope you find it most enjoyable!”
If you really want to get a good idea of what this brewery offers, check out their website. On the main page is info about THE 12th ANNUAL LEGENDARY BOONVILLE BEER FEST May 10, 2008.
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