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Russian River’s first-ever Pliny the Elder in bottles is in the fermenter

By William Brand
Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 10:03 pm in Uncategorized.

Here’s some serious news. The first-ever Pliny the Elder in bottles is in the fermenter. Natalie Cilurzo in her blog posted tonight says her husband Vinnie, with her hepl and help from some visiting brewers brewed their first batch destined for bottles and I guess, kegs, this weekend.

Here’s Natalie:

Pliny the Elder labelThe first beer brewed on the new/used 50 barrel Dogfish Head brewhouse was Consecration- a sour beer which will age for a year in Cabernet barrels with black currents and the usual bugs and critters.

Today, Saturday, I decided to forego Boonville to help Vinnie brew the first batch of Pliny the Elder! We don’t brew together anymore, now that we are business partners. So today was a very special day for me! Thank you so much to Todd and Mike for helping with today’s brew. And thank you to the 15 or so staff members who represented us in Boonville and had the privelege of answering the “Where’s Vinnie?” question all day! For the record, Vinnie was with me brewing more Pliny!

Wow and double wow. Can’t wait to fill my fridge.

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  • easong

    Please, God, let a keg Pliny find it’s way down the San Francisco Peninsula deep into the Land of the Watery Wheat Beer.

  • http://brewedforthought.wordpress.com/ Mario (Brewed for Thought)

    I wish my wife would brew with me…

  • autumnmike

    “The first beer brewed on the new/used 50 barrel Dogfish Head brewhouse was Consecration”!!!!!

    What the hell does this mean? Did Russian River buy old Dogfish Head barrels or is their some sort of partnership going on?

    William, let me know!

  • http://www.beernewsletter.com/blog William Brand

    Hi….No, Dogfish has installed a new German brewing system. The company sold their old brew plant to Russian River. Dogfish in Milton, Del., Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA. and Lagunitas iin Petaluma (CA) all boght the same system.