Mendonesia: Brewing Up A State of Mind

Our Mendonesia™ Series embodies the pioneering spirit of Anderson Valley Brewing Company through an artisanal collection of year-round and limited releases.  Handcrafted in small batches, we set out to create an experience for the senses by showcasing the complexity and balance of aromas and flavors in each of these beers.  We praise the glory of hops in our Imperial IPA and Mendo Mello Estate Ale.  We pay tribute to classic Belgian styles with our Mowkeef Saison and Brother David’s Abbey ales.  We also explore the wonders of what barrel-aging can do with our Featherleggy Bulrusher Sour Stout and Horse Tongue Wheat.  Whether using whole cone, estate-grown hops or vintage barrels from local wineries, many of these beers reflect the terroir of Mendocino county and the mystique of the Valley.  We hope you enjoy them.

Traditionally Produced Beers, Non Sour

  • Mendo Mello – (American Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV) – The hops in this beer are 100% estate grown and harvested by AVBC and predominately of the Cascade variety. The aroma of the beer is hoppy herbal with a touch of pine and a hint of garden fresh green vegetable. The flavor is clean herbal hop bitterness backed up by a light bready malt backbone with undertones of toasted bagel. The bitterness is fairly high (estimated in the 40 – 60 IBU range) The drinkability is high as the beer has a lean body combined with a clean clear hop flavor.
  • Wee Geech – (American Pale Ale, 4.5% ABV) – Sometimes known as a “Session IPA”, “Extra Pale Ale”, this beer is combines the drinkability of low alcohol with loads of hop flavor. It features generous amounts of Pacific Northwest hops like Amarillo, Chinook, and Magnum without being overly bitter (only 35 IBU).
  • El Steinber – (Dark Lager, 5.0% ABV) – An interesting take on lager, this deep brown beer is made with roasted blue corn flour (like the tortilla chips). Although the color is dark, this lager is crisp, clean, and very drinkable. IBU is a mere 25.
  • Dark Side of the Boon – (Belgian-Style Black IPA, 7.5% ABV) – We never tire of combining wild ideas to make new styles of beer. By combining American hops, Belgian yeast, and several complex malts we created a beer to satisfy the most curious palate. Estery, fruity aromas from the yeast are complimented by citrusy, piney aromas from the hops, all of which are backed by a dark malty body. IBU is approximately 80.
  • Imperial Boont Amber – (Barleywine, 8.7% ABV) – A tribute to our gold medal winning flagship beer, Boont Amber. You’ll find components of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, and spicy noble hop aroma. When designing this heavy-hitter, we simply took the recipe for regular Boont Amber and cranked it up louder.
  • Horn of the Beer – (Barleywine, 8.7% ABV) – Classic barleywines are a real treat to enjoy as an after-dinner libation or paired with rich desserts. Ours does not disappoint with its dense, malty body and fruity nose. The alcohol is apparent, but in balance with the moderate bitterness and viscous body. Rich bittersweet chocolate, molasses and toffee flavors intermingle with a dry after taste of coco beans, caramel and wildflower honey.
  • Deep Enders Porter – (Robust Porter, 5.5% ABV) – Pours to the appearance of fresh espresso, black-brown with a creamy chestnut-hued foam. Aroma of fresh brewed coffee, dark and chocolate, with notes of toasted almonds, and toffee and, caramel, – rich whole wheat bread sits on a refreshing medium body and intensify into a long, satisfying finish. IBUs : 17

Barrel Aged Beers, Non Sour

  • Huge Arker – (Russian Imperial Stout, 11.0% ABV) – True to the Boontling name, “Huge Arker” is a massive force of nature that detonates on your tongue. After primary fermentation, the beer is aged in bourbon barrels until fully mature. The deep mahogany color is evocative of the opulence to follow. Dark luscious aromas of burnished oak mingle with candy sugar, bourbon and hearth baked bread. The luxurious flavors, redolent of honey and molasses are intertwined with the richness of dark chocolate and the ardent warmth of alcohol, underpinned with hints of coffee, vanilla and dark fruits.
  • Bourbon Stout – (Oatmeal Stout, 5.8% ABV) – A beautiful marriage of our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout and bourbon barrels to yield one of the smoothest, most delectable stouts on the planet.

Sour Beers

  • Horse Tongue Wheat – (Biere de Guarde, 5.3% ABV) – Belgian wheat beer aged in white wine barrels and allowed to become very slightly sour. This is a wonderful session beer for those of the “sour and funky” persuasion.
  • Featherleggy Bulrusher – (Sour Stout, 5.8% ABV) – This peculiar beer is made by souring our stout in port barrels, sometimes for as long as 18 months. The acidic and fruity profile is reminiscent of cherry cordials and chocolate cake.
  • Grand Cru – (Belgian Style Sour Ale, 9.0% ABV) – A blend of our Brother David’s Double and Triple ales aged in port barrels with bacterial cultures to make it intensely sour. The resulting beer is very tart and fruity, with a sweet malty backbone.
  • Boont Oude Bruijn – (Flanders Style Sour Red Ale, 4.8% ABV) – Based on the Flemish classic (Oud Bruin) this is a very complex beer has many flavor facets. Brewed using Redwood tips and the rare New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hop, this lively red ale was aged in wine, bourbon, brandy, and port barrels before blending. The final blend also includes a small amount of our Gand Cru (the Brother David’s Belgian ales aged in wine barrels). The resulting beer is very complex medium bodied beer with vinous character from the wine barrels, spicy notes from both the redwood and the Nelson Sauvin hops and a light sourness from the bacterial fermentation, all underlined by a smooth round Belgian character from the Grand Cru – an extremely complex yet very drinkable beer.
  • Gatlin Damnosus – (Sour Barleywine, 8.8% ABV) – This is a sour ale produced by aging barleywine in bourbon barrels for extended periods of time (as long as 2 years in some cases!) The aroma is reminiscent of earthy red wines with a background of caramel and honey, with just a hint of wood and sourness. The flavor is intensely sour with a touch of acetic acid and notes of brown malt toast and ripe red fruit. The bourbon character really adds a savory, woody component that yields subtle notes of coconut and vanilla.