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UPDATE: Russian River’s New Brewery on Track to Open Next March

By William Brand
Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 at 8:46 pm in Uncategorized.

Vinnie, Natalie CilurzoIs there a bottled Pliny in the future? Don’t know, but Russian River co-founder Natalie Cilurzo in her regular newsletter says they’re moving rapidly on their new production facility at 1812 Ferdinand Court in Santa Rosa and hope to do their first brew by March, 2008.

Natalie and Vinnie bought a used 50 barrel Pub Brewing System from Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE. “They gave us the ‘West Coast Italian Brewer’ deal,” Natalie said. Explanation: Dogfish Head was founded by Sam Calagione. Russian River was founded by the Cilurzos.

“A big thank you to our friends at Dogfish Head – we could not be doing this without you!” she said. “The City of Santa Rosa granted us our permits ahead of schedule and we are moving fast with construction! Within two weeks, concrete was cut and poured, drains were delivered, cold box assembly began, and so much more it is dizzying,” she adds.

Personally, I can’t wait. Now about that bottled Pliny. County records show it’s 10,700 square foot warehouse and it’s leased by Russian River.The new facility’s less than two miles south of the pub on 4th Street, just off the Hwy.101 freeway.

Also, Natalie catches us up on something I wrote about back in October. The pub raised $8,800 for the Women’s Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa, including sale of “All Hopped Up for the Cure” t-shirts, all proceeds were donated. In addition patrons put over $3,000 in cash in a collection pitcher.

Photo: Greg Wiggins

Vinnie and Natalie at the Alpha King hoppiest beer in America contest in October at Falling Rock in Denver, CO. Vinnie’s Pliny the Elder won the Alpha King award.

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