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Russian River will begin bottling Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig IPA

By William Brand
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 at 9:18 am in Uncategorized.

OK Pliny the Elder fans, the big moment is at hand. Russian River Brewing Co. says on their Web site that when their new brewery at 1812 Ferdinand Court in Santa Rosa, CA. opens next month, they’re gonna’ bottle Pliny. Here’s the news direct from Russian River:

Pliny the Elder label“We hope to start brewing at our new facility in early March. Aside from making more draft Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig available, we plan to start bottling both of these beers.

“Additionally, we will keg and bottle more Damnation and plan to make Salvation a year round beer. What about the barrel beers you ask, well, our barrel room will house more than 400 wine barrels. But, keep in mind, it takes over a year to make one of our barrel beers, so, it won’t be until late 2009 that you’ll see the first release from the new barrels.

“Eventually, we will open a small tasting room at the new facility, but, for now you can still catch all of our beers at our brewpub which is just a couple of miles from the new production brewery.”

But wait there’s more. The Web site item, written, I’m sure by Natalie Cilurzo, co-owner of Russian River, with her husband-brewer Vinnie, adds that Pliny the Younger is rolling out this week. This is a triple IPA, 11 percent ABV, and _ as Vinnie puts it: “Gobs of IBUs.” (Pliny the Elder’s 8 percent, 100 IBU. For reference, Bud, the last time I checked, was 13 IBU and water’s 12 IBU — No it isn’t, just kidding.)

Pliny the Younger labelIt is on tap this week at the brewpub, 729 4th St. in Santa Rosa and goes out to Northern California pubs today (Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008) as well and to Russian River’s distributor in Southern California Feb. 6.

Check out photos of the new brewery under construction here. I wrote about the brewery late last year. You can find that article here.

I also posted a backgrounder on Pliny the Elder just below this post. Rock on Senor Pliny.

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