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A Beer You Can’t Refuse: The Hopfather

By Jay Brooks
Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 11:20 am in On Beer.

At the Bistro IPA Festival next Saturday, August 8, Russian River Brewing will debut their latest beer: The Hopfather. The Hopfather is a 7% IPA that’s loosely based on an IPA recipe Vinnie Cilurzo contributed to Sam Calagione’s book Extreme Brewing, though Cilurzo says he’s changed things up considerably. It starts with CTZ and Magnum hops, but uses primarily Amarillo and Centennial for flavor and aroma to the tune of around 10 pounds per barrel. While Vinnie assures me it will have a big malt backbone, he also promises the flavors and aroma will be “balls to the wall hops.” As if you needed another reason to go to the Bistro IPA Festival, this should make your attendance all but mandatory if you love hops.

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  • craig

    great just what we need…anther 7-8$ apint from russian river !

  • deez

    Eat it, Craig! Obviously you’re going to the wrong bars because I routinely drink $4-5 pints of Pliny and other Russian River beers. If you don’t like it, I’m sure your local bar will be happy to serve you a Budweiser with that fresh from the horse’s bladder flavor you love. In the meantime, more Russian River beer for me. Rock on, Vinnie!

  • craig

    i agree 4-5$ is a decent price…but at pete’s…barclays…& ej phair…just to name a few..i feel as though i’m getting reamed while i drink…thats why i look for places that serve 4-5$ pints…they are getting harder to find…

  • craig

    i had it at the bistro “ipa fest”…me and my buddies agree,,,stick wiht the blind pig…but only at 4$ a pint…anything more and you are getting ripped..

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