Summer Fun at RRBC

Vinnie and I just returned from our first vacation in 4 years!  I guess you can say we have been a little busy.  We celebrated our 24th Wedding Anniversary last week on Kaua’i hiking, relaxing on beautiful beaches, and eating tons of fresh fish. It was a much-needed reprieve after a very intense few years! We also celebrated our 15th Anniversary at the Downtown Santa Rosa Pub this past April with an old-school Russian River party with HUGElarge, Pat Jordan and a lot of tasty beers!  Thank you for supporting us these past 15 wonderful years in Santa Rosa (some of you even longer including the Korbel and Blind Pig days).  Cheers to the next 15+ years in both Santa....

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15th Annual Pliny the Younger Release!

By the time you read this, our 15th annual release of Pliny the Younger may be well under way!  This is a big year for us with much anticipation (and anxiety!) about hosting the release in both Santa Rosa and Windsor for the first time.  We have been planning and preparing for weeks.  The beer was brewed in December at both locations and filtered and kegged only today!  I have had the opportunity to taste both the Windsor and Santa Rosa brews and am extremely pleased with both.  The recipe this year is quite similar to year’s past with some slight changes to the hops.  We added Citra in the kettle and dry hop, and kept Simcoe and Amarillo for....

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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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