Happy New Year 2019!

My only New Year’s Resolution is to blog at least 6 times over the next 12 months, a seemingly reasonable and obtainable goal.  Oh, and to avoid any major construction projects.  That one is easy since we ran out of money! 2018 proved to be the most exhilarating, educational, challenging and busiest year of our lives!  I still pinch myself, and often laugh out loud, when driving up to our new brewery in Windsor and wonder how the heck we managed to build this beautiful and relatively massive brewery in just 18 months.  Granted, we had 2 ½ years of preparation beforehand, which definitely helped expedite the building process.  Nevertheless, it is not surprising that most of us were limping....

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Getting Ready to Brew Batch #1 in Windsor!

After a few weeks of turning things on for the first time and making some big messes, we are just about ready to brew our first batch of beer in Windsor!  For those of you who are not aware, Russian River Brewing was originally owned by and located at the historic Korbel Winery in Guerneville, CA.  The first beer Vinnie brewed there was the Russian River Porter.  He wanted to carry on this brewing tradition by making Windsor Porter batch #1 at the new brewery. If all goes according to plan, this special beer will be available on draft and in limited edition bottles sold only at our Windsor brewery.  Exact opening date is still TBD, but we have definitely....

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The Latest Happenings at RRBC

So much has happened in the past few months that I don’t even know where to begin!  I will just pick up from where I left off with the last blog right before our Pliny the Younger release.  We were grateful to see so many tourists and locals alike coming back to our pub and Sonoma County for the annual release.  This year the Sonoma County Economic Development Board conducted another 2-week study on the economic impact to set a baseline before we open Windsor and have the release at both breweries next year.  This study was just published and the total economic impact in just 2 weeks was nearly $3.4 MILLION!  You can read the final report here: http://sonomaedb.org/Current-Projects/Craft-Beverages/....

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Pliny the Younger 2018

In my stubborn quest to retain total control over all media channels, including this blog, my posts have become even more infrequent.  That is what happens when you try to run a business, build a brewery and remodel a house at the same time.  I definitely do NOT recommend it!  Fortunately, the house is done and we are all settled in to our new home.  Now all we have to do is build a brewery! 2017 was the year of extremes.  We were extremely excited to break ground and started building our dream brewery in Windsor.  In September, we went to Germany to inspect our new brewhouse, which was successfully delivered and installed in December.  You may have seen my....

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Beatification 2017 Release

Today we are releasing our 2017 Beatification on DRAFT only at our brewpub in Downtown Santa Rosa! We debuted the latest batch of Beatification this past weekend at both the Firestone Invitational and Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp in San Francisco. This beer is unique in that we transfer the beer from the kettle into our koelschip which is a long, shallow, open-top tank in the barrel room. The beer sits overnight to collect all the ambient wild yeasts, or “bugs and critters”, then is racked into used wine barrels for fermentation. Because no yeast is added to the beer, we call this process “spontaneous fermentation”, or affectionately known to us as “Sonambic”. Once Vinnie is satisfied with the beer, it is then bottled and kegged for conditioning (carbonation). Beatification will be available at our pub....

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