Russian River and Sierra Nevada are two of my favorite West Coast breweries. Almost every beer they make is a winner in one way or another, so to say that I was looking forward to this would be a massive understatement. Did it live up to the hype (that I created in my brain)? Let’s find out.
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I purchased this beer back when I rolled through Santa Rosa on my way home from the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest, so it’s been sitting in my “cellar” for the past 7-8 months. I’m a huge fan of sour ales and I was willing to spend the money ($20 for a 375ml bottle) since all of the proceeds were going to charity.FRAMBOISE FOR A CURE is an American Wild Ale with a 6.5% ABV.
I awoke early Tuesday morning and grabbed a quick bite to eat from the hotel’s continental breakfast. With some “food” in my stomach and loaded up the car and headed south. I was looking at +/- 14 hours of driving that day, so I didn’t want to dilly-dally.
It’s not very often that I actually remember to take my growler with me when I go to a brewery, but since my trip to Russian River was part of a mini-vacation I had
double tripled checked everything before leaving. Because of this I was able to score two liters of their English bitter, DON THE YOUNGER. (I don’t know if it was on purpose, but the bartender wrote THE YOUNGER really big on the tag, with a tiny Don in front of it, and my roommate freaked out. Sadly, I had to tell him that it wasn’t actually Pliney the Younger and it was either a horrible mistake or just a sick joke.)
Don the Younger is an English bitter with 37 IBUs and a 5.65% ABV.
For this round I wanted something more “drinkable” to go with my meal. I saw HAPPY HOPS on the board and thought, “A pale ale? That would go splendidly with my meal!”. And it was.
Happy Hops is a mixture of a blonde ale and a pale ale. This hard to categorize brew has an easy-drinking 5.56% ABV.
I knew my first beer at Russian River would have to be a sour ale, but which one would I choose was the real question. Temptation was the only sour ale on their beer board that I hadn’t had before, so it was my choice numero uno.
Temptation is part of the barrel-aged beer series at Russian River. This sour blonde ale is aged in chardonnay barrels and clocks in with an admirable 7.5% ABV.
Back in February my roommate and I were kicking around the idea of making the drive to Santa Rosa, California for the release of PLINY THE YOUNGER. Due to timing and financial reasons we weren’t able to make the trip. Cut to a couple of weeks ago and I started hearing about The Younger popping up in the LA area, but I always kept just missing out (tickets were sold out, heard about the event the day after, etc.). Finally, I caught wind of Pliny the Younger being on tap at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena and we could actually attend! So yesterday we drove to Pasadena at 10 in the morning got a table, one hour later we had our tickets, two hours after that we finally had glasses of Pliny the Younger. Did it live up to the hype?
Pliny the Younger is the #1 beer in the world according to Beer Advocate. This Triple IPA (aka Imperial IPA) is extremely rare, has an unknown amount of IBUs and a beefy 11% ABV. Continue reading
PUMPKIN BEER #2
I decided to stick with a sour for my second beer of the day and was crossing my fingers that this would be better than the first. Sour Pumpkin is a seasonal beer that is usually only available at the brewery, but we were lucky enough to have it on tap at the GREAT PUMPKIN BEER FEST. And not only that, but this was the 2010 vintage of this American Wild Ale. Continue reading
Hopfather is a brewery exclusive IPA from Russian River Brewing Company. This hoppy beer (named after the brewer of Russian River, Vinnie Cilurzo) has an ABV of 7%.