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More on the Toronado’s 20th Anniversary Bash

By William Brand
Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at 2:08 pm in Uncategorized.


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toronado-logo.jpgThe Toronado, the venerable beer pub at 547 Haight St. in San Francisco, celebrates its 20th next weekend. Here are some details straight from proprietor David Keane. The fun begins at 5 p.m. next Saturday, Aug. 11.
“I approached Vinnie (Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, CA) two years ago about making a beer for the Toronado Anniversary, my guidelines were wood aged, big, and barnyard. We toyed with the idea of making six beers and blending them into one, but agreed this was too time consuming as Vinnie has a lot on his plate.

“I was surprised when it came to light that he had come up with five, 1 year old, wood aged beers to blend. Vinnie mixed 5 different blends and we tasted them together, all were fine beers , blend #1 was so good that we filled one keg with it calling it 50-50.

“After removing this quantity of beer from the over all blend ,we decided on a new blend halfway between blend #4 and blend #5. The result, Vinnie says, is a 10.43 percent alcohol by volume beer that is smooth and soft with a faint sourness — a beer that hides its alcohol well. “It drinks like a 6-percent beer.” I say thank you Vinnie, for an outstanding beer, beyond my expectations. Awesome!
The bottles will be available for $20 each at the Toronado and Russian River Brewing Co only.”


Anchor Cask Conditioned Porter
” Steam was the first draught beer at the Toronado,so I think it only fitting to have something from them for our 20th, Fritz Maytag answered the call, with a cask conditioned Porter, to be served on handpump.

Thanks to Mark Carpenter for crafting this special product and to Fritz for taking the time to recognize ouranniversary.”

And still more: Lost Abbey/Pizza Port Cable Car on draught and in

Tomme Arthur (Port Brewing/Lost Abbey), scoured his wood casks and blended a beer for our Anniversary, we have one keg and a limited number of bottles. I have not sampled this beer yet, but have it on the authority of John Hansel, of the Malt Advocate, that it in his opinion it is the best beer he has had from Lost Abbey and perhaps in the entire USA. Can’t wait to try it.

“At last count there were 13 other rare beers that brewers have made or are releasing from their cellars for this event. I will get a complete list together when possible. Hope to see you there .”
Big Daddy (David Keene).

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