June 18, 2012
Greetings from Wine and Beer Country, U.S.A.! It's been a while since I checked in with our non-Facebooking friends, and for that I do apologize. The past couple of months have been incredibly busy- a little too busy for my taste. But it appears things are mellowing out again and we are settling in for a long, hot, fun summer!
So what's going on at Russian River? First, congratulations are in order for Brena and Dominic who welcomed their first baby boy, Caspian, on May 28th! Yes, many of our beloved employees have had babies over the years at RRBC, but Brena is special. You see, she was just 16 and still in High School when we opened, making dough and spinning pies in the kitchen until she was old enough to wait tables and bartend. Now she is a Mom! We are perhaps almost as proud as her real parents and very happy about the latest addition to our brewery family!
Adorably cute Caspian!
I'm sure many of you have heard about our collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company! This 2 year, 2 brewery, 2 family project is about to hit the streets and hopefully make it to a bottle shop near you! Set for National Release in July (I bet you thought you would never hear me say something like that!), BRUX was brewed in Chico (at Sierra Nevada) and will go through their distribution channels, which will, of course, greatly increase your chances of getting a couple of bottles. BRUX is a "domesticated wild ale", or an ale fermented with Belgian yeast, finished by a secondary bottle fermentation with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. It's a little more than 8% alcohol, very dry, earthy, spicy, and tasty. But wait, there's more! About 99% of BRUX was bottled in 750 ml bottles, so there will be almost none available on draft. Almost none, meaning that our brewpubs, Russian River and Sierra Nevada, will have it available on draft in July! The Russian River BRUX draft release is set for July 5th at 5pm at our pub in Downtown Santa Rosa. We will have no bottles or growlers available to go at our brewery due to state liquor laws. Then we move to Chico for Sierra Nevada's release on July 9th where they will have plenty of bottles for sale. Not sure about those details other than Vinnie and I are planning to attend! I do hope you get a chance to taste this exceptional collaboration with our friends at Sierra Nevada!
Bottles of BRUX and Pliny just hanging out together!
That's all for now! We are now officially on Facebook, if you are so inclined. If not, I am still planning to update my blog!