The Anderson Valley Brewing Company was founded in 1987 in Boonville, CA. In the beginning, they brewed out of a modest 10-barrel brew-house located in the lower level of their original brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon. They quickly gained a cult following, and at the time, they were one of only 20 craft breweries in the country. Long considered one of the pioneers in the craft beer industry, in 2000 they moved to a larger facility about a mile down the road in order to keep up with the demand for their products. Nearly 30 years later Anderson Valley is still crafting amazing beers. One of their newest releases is a Gose style beer brewed with natural watermelon (and other) flavors called Briney Melon Gose.
The beer pours a hazy golden straw yellow color. The one finger dense white head dissipates rather quickly. Once diminished only a very light lacing remains on top the beer.
On the nose you’ll find aromas of watermelon and rind. You can also get a hint of salinity as well as somewhat non-descriptive funky and tart aromas. A hint of citrus backed by a bright coriander like spice completes the bouquet.
On the palate you will find a light watermelon note that is almost overshadowed by the tartness. While the beers sour nature is definitely front and center you can still find hint of watermelon and citrus fruit notes. There is a malt component that balances the beer and brings everything together. The finish is very dry.
A refreshing and different take on the style. A little more sour than salty, but the addition of the melon brings it all together. Try pairing this one with Chevre, bacon wrapped seared scallops or a light and simple watermelon and mint salad.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out Of 5 Pints