Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Founded in 1987 by Ken Allen in the lower level of a brewpub called the Buckhorn Saloon in Booneville, Calif., Anderson Valley Brewing Company quickly faced rising demand for the smooth tasting brews coming out of its small brewhouse. In 1996 the brewery moved to a larger Boonville facility and production grew rapidly, with the brewery producing twice the amount of beer in 1998 that it had in 1997.
With this exponential growth, Anderson Valley Brewing broke ground on a state-of-the-art three-story Bavarian-style brewhouse in 1998, with 100-barrel and 86-barrel copper kettles that Ken rescued from defunct German breweries during a trip to Europe in 1995. In August 2000 the gleaming new brewhouse went online.
In April of 2010 Ken sold the brewery to industry veteran Trey White, and in September of that year, Fal Allen, who had served as general manager from 2000 to 2004, returned to the brewery as brewmaster. Trey has focused on innovation and quality, introducing the Bahl Hornin’ Series of draught brews, expanding the barrel-aged program and increasing brewing capacity. (www.avbc.com)