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Toronado Celebrates Its 20th

By William Brand
Thursday, July 26th, 2007 at 9:29 pm in Uncategorized.

Toronado Celebrates Its 20thI’m going to write a lot more about this in my column next Wednesday (Aug. 1, 2007) but here’s a heads up.
David Keene, ToronadoThe 20th anniversary of the Toronado, 547 Haight St. in San Francisco is coming up Aug. 9-11. Many events are planned.
But first a note about the beer: It’s a bottle conditioned, oak barrel-aged, 10.43 percent alcohol by volume beer with a lactic edge, brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo at Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, specially for the Toronado at the request of proprietor David Keene.
But wait, there’s more. Actually, after a conversation with David two years ago, Vinnie brewed five different beers and put them on wood for a year.
With David’s input, they chose the proper blend and bottled 130 cases three months ago, 750 ml corked bottles and three liter bottles, plus kegs. David, Vinnie and his crew put the labels on the bottles today (Thursday, July 26, 2007). They’ll be on sale at the Toronado beginning on the anniversary.
Vinnie guessed the price will be in the $10-$12 range. All the kegs, but one go to the Toronado.
Here’s a partial schedule:
Thursday, Aug. 9. They’ll tap the first keg about 5:30 p.m. at Russian River Brewing, 725 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404 – 707.545.BEER
Saturday, Aug. 11. This is the anniversary of the Toronado. The beer will be on tap, beginning, I believe, in the afternoon.
There are a lot more events planned. I’m talking to David in the morning, will do another post.
Saludos. WB

Photos : David Keene at the bar in his mythic pub. Photo by William Brand David Keene, Toronado

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