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Russian River Beer Revival

By Jay Brooks
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 7:25 pm in On Beer.

Today is the second Tuesday of July and that means we dive once more into the mind of Tom Dalldorf, the publisher of the Celebrator Beer News, the nationally distributed “brewspaper” that’s headquarted in Hayward.

Tom Dalldorf

Celebrating Beer with Tom Dalldorf

Russian River Beer Revival

Mark your calendars for August 15 for a great conflagration of beer, barbeque and blues. This will be the seventh annual edition of the Russian River Beer Revival, a stellar event held on the Russian River at Stumptown Brewery near Guerneville, Calif. The brewpub appears to be a small roadside attraction on the way to Jenner and the Sonoma coast. But the backside of the brewery reveals a patio and sloping grassy area that descends all the way to the river and accommodates picnic parties and kayakers alike looking for lunch and a good brew.

Once a year, however, some 35 breweries and an equal number of BBQ teams descend on the small brewery for a unique combination of beerfest and BBQ competition with live music. All the BBQ teams bring their own special cookers, smokers, grills and such and are provided meat by the organizers to cook, smoke and finish with whatever style sauce or rub they favor. They then enter some of their BBQ to the professional judging that takes place in early afternoon at the event. The rest is offered to the attendees who can then judge for themselves who has the best technique in the BBQ arts.

And what goes best with BBQ? Beer, silly. And the Stumptown Brewery invites some of the very best that California has to offer. In addition to the locals including Russian River, Third Street, Moonlight, Bear Republic and Hop Monk, look for great brews from Beach Chalet, Firestone Walker, 21st Amendment, Lagunitas, Marin, Moylands, Pyramid, Rubicon, Sierra Nevada, Trumer, Triple Rock and many more. Three bands are scheduled to play.

The best way to attend with the least hassle is to buy tickets for the beer bus leaving Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa. The bus takes you to Stumptown and back to the brewery. The parking situation at the brewery is challenging at best so the bus is the safe alternative. And winding up back at Russian River Brewery is not a bad thing either!

Online tickets are already sold out so you’ll have to buy them at Stumptown, Russian River, Bear Republic or Beach Chalet breweries. No tickets will be sold at the door. Great beer, BBQ and blues. Count me in!


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