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Italian craft beer via Russian River on tap at the Toronado on Wednesday

By William Brand
Saturday, May 31st, 2008 at 11:57 pm in Uncategorized.

Italian craft beer’s a hot item among beer geeks these days. I’ve always been a fan of La Rossa, from Moretti. It’s an Italian version of a German double bock. But I’ve never had a chance to try any of the new Italian craft brews.

Thanks to Vinnie Cilurzo, of Russian River, there is a chance. He worked with Italian craft brewer Agostino Arioli from Como, Italy at the new Russian River plant in Santa Rosa recently to make: Fleurett. It’s fermented with black pepper, honey, violets and roses and it will be on tap Wednesday night, June 4, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Toronado, 547 Haight St., San Francisco.

Proprietor David Keene will also have several Belgian-style Russian River beers on tap, including Temptation, Beatification. Supplication, and Damnation, plus Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig IPA.

There’s no charge. Pay for your beer.

For more on the Italian scene I refer you to the imitable Charlie Papazian, the home brew author and founder of the Brewrs Association.

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