Booth: Russian River Brewing Co.

Discussion in 'IPA Fest in Cyberspace (2021)' started by Todd, Apr 26, 2021.

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,172) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Virtual Booth/Discussion Thread for:

    Russian River Brewing Co. (Windsor, California)

    Double Dry-Hopped Pliny the Elder (Two Stage Double Dry Hopped Double IPA); 8%; 16oz can
    We took our regular Pliny the Elder recipe and doubled the dry hop amount and started the first dry hop during the middle of primary fermentation. DDH-PTE carries a firm bitterness along with notes of pine, citrus, and stone fruit with a lingering, dry finish.

    Joining us: Vinnie Cilurzo (Owner, Brewmaster)

    Have a question for our guests? Drop it in this thread and your question could make the live feed!

    Like what you're drinking? Support the brewery and grab some merch!
  2. docr89

    docr89 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2009 Illinois

    Love RR. Was supposed to be out your way for our 25th anniversary, but had to put it off. My question is do you have any plans to increase distribution? I live outside of Chicago and would love to have access to your beer. Cheers!
  3. btbnl

    btbnl Aspirant (252) Apr 2, 2021 California

    All about dry-hopping:
    • How does multi-stage dry-hopping differ from adding it all at once?
    • Do the first stage hops get removed before the second stage hops are added or do they get double the contact time?
    • What are you aiming for with the first stage dry hops being added mid-fermentation?
    • Is mid-fermentation defined as high krausen or some other measure?
    As an Eastbanian who loves the Sonoma/Mendocino coast, picking up a case of Pliny in Santa Rosa en route is the perfect way to start a vacation:

  4. jckeller1

    jckeller1 Aspirant (279) Dec 15, 2020 Indiana

    I can't wait - I've not had the Pliny the Elder - but I know about this beer and RR and I am so looking forward to this as part of the IPA Fest tasting.
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  5. entheos

    entheos Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2019 California

    What water sources do you use for the beer you brew?
  6. Mortarforker

    Mortarforker Maven (1,441) Oct 27, 2004 Texas

    Will you distribute your beers to Texas in the future?
  7. Mexican_Viking_Domerdoc

    Mexican_Viking_Domerdoc Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2021 Texas
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    First of all, must say thank you to the beer gods for the ‘accidental’ three DDH Pliny’s we received in our two shipments. We will not be not sharing the three Pliny’s.
    Thank you for brewing this beer! It’s our favorite!

    background (opinion): some of the best beers and wines come from the Russian River Valley.

    question: What makes Russian River Valley so unique in the beer and wine world? What’s in your water?!

    Last (a respectful yet strong request): will you please consider TX distribution? How about just the 915?
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  8. MuleHopKickin

    MuleHopKickin Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2010 New Jersey

    Do you consider hops being like grapes are to wine where each harvest can result in a somewhat different flavor profile year to year depending on that years growing conditions, and if so how do you adjust to ensure the flavor your going for is consistent in your Pliny the Elder/Younger brews? Also love your explanation of how you are leveraging your hop back within your system and thanks for being part of this epic festival!
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  9. el_bobbo

    el_bobbo Zealot (694) Dec 22, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I've gotta admit, this is one of the unicorns in the box for me. I've had Pliny before, thanks to beer trades, but when I saw this starting to hit social media, etc and it was the icing on the cake when I saw it in the box for this event.
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  10. madnkrazy

    madnkrazy Initiate (0) May 25, 2015 Pennsylvania

    I know i have never tried this beer before. But it sounds like a game changer from the reviews. I love the setup you have for the brewery too. Great video and great explanation of the beer and dry and double-dry hopped mixing. Looking forward for this one. Thanks!! Oh, my question. Where did you get the name pliny the elder? How did that come about? I appreciate it Vinnie.
  11. kaidasz

    kaidasz Devotee (379) Apr 3, 2010 Texas

    the DDH version of Pliny is fantastic, will this be released year round? if so, please come to Texas, everyone else is from Cali. i kid, as i am an ex-San Diegan...
  12. psweet70

    psweet70 Aspirant (289) Mar 2, 2021 New Hampshire

    Love Russian River and Santa Rosa! It was the topper for my 20th wedding anniversary trip which also involved many tours in wine country. I try to get up there everytime I am in San Francisco for business. I too was excited when I saw it on the list of beers for the festival. Can't wait to test it! Keep making great beer!
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  13. RaisingTheBarstool

    RaisingTheBarstool Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2020 Massachusetts

    What knowledge, if any, did you all bring with you from the champagne business that influenced your brewing?
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  14. Academic_Ales

    Academic_Ales Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2021 California

    Our first visit to the brew pub in Santa Rosa was life changing. Love the beers and visit often. I've noticed that many of your beers, including the low alcohol beers, are nice and dry. What are some tips to home brewers to get beers into that sweet spot of not too sweet and not overly dry?
  15. CharlesP

    CharlesP Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2021 Virginia

    Any chance that you might pick a bar in DC to carry your beer, like Monk’s in Philadelphia?
  16. MoCityTxBeast

    MoCityTxBeast Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2015 Texas

    Yall ever going to have your beers in TX?
  17. Chefie

    Chefie Crusader (467) Feb 2, 2007 Oklahoma

    I know you get asked this all the time... with all of the hype around your brewery, why not expand distro further?

    Thrilled to have this beer for the fest! Cheers.
  18. mirrorball

    mirrorball Crusader (429) Aug 14, 2005 Virginia

    Have you been surprised by the popularity of Pliny the Younger? Every time I go back to the Bay Area to visit family it seems like that year's line has doubled in size (at least pre-covid), at least from the local news stories.
  19. Ludditus

    Ludditus Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2021 Virginia

    Man, I feel like my entire mouth was rubbed down with hop oil. Fantastic!
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  20. Kris1234

    Kris1234 Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2021 New Jersey

    Why are your employees so unfriendly?
  21. el_bobbo

    el_bobbo Zealot (694) Dec 22, 2010 Massachusetts
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    First question. Pliny -> New England. When is it going to happen?
    Second question. Please don't let Edgar chug the DDH Pliny. I know it's not a question, but please for the love of God no.

    Love you guys, this is great.
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  22. Kris1234

    Kris1234 Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2021 New Jersey

    What's your favorite style of pizza? And why is it New Haven style?
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  23. MokiAmalaki

    MokiAmalaki Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2020 California

    are you going to continue to brew the double dry hop version
  24. Kris1234

    Kris1234 Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2021 New Jersey

    Can you explain how you use of hop extracts?
  25. Robert-Trosper

    Robert-Trosper Initiate (0) May 30, 2017 Alaska

    DDH Pliny the Elder is fantastic...... Please start distro to Alaska!!!!!
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  26. Kris1234

    Kris1234 Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2021 New Jersey

    In your opinion, should an ipa have a lot or a little malt?
  27. Taylorkentkowalski29

    Taylorkentkowalski29 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2021 Texas

    YAAAAASSSSS THIS. I support 100% PS thank you for your creation of the double IPA. HEAVEN SEND
  28. Kris1234

    Kris1234 Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2021 New Jersey

    Do you have plans for more distribution to the east coast?
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  29. Kris1234

    Kris1234 Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2021 New Jersey

    Can we see your pets?
  30. Jwake867

    Jwake867 Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2021 Virginia

    Great beer! Where did you buy that headset though
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  31. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Grand Pooh-Bah (4,626) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Please teach us, dear sage. The art of 2 stage DDH.
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  32. Pivodog

    Pivodog Devotee (392) Mar 31, 2016 Texas

  33. MokiAmalaki

    MokiAmalaki Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2020 California

    what is your cat licking its balls
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  34. MartyK

    MartyK Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2013 Massachusetts

    At which Boston irish pub did y'all drink Guinness? inquiring minds must know.
  35. Bumby39

    Bumby39 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2014 New York

    I love your brewery and MUST visit every time I am in the area (every couple years - I wish it was more frequent). Thank you.

    As one of the OG craft brewers in America, how do you both preserve your status while also shining the light on the next generation of craft brewers?

    (Edgar, Todd - sorry but I am NOT chugging this one!)
  36. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Pooh-Bah (1,999) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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    Being selfish; when are you shipping to Pennsylvania?!
  37. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Pooh-Bah (1,999) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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    Addendum to above post: regularly?!
  38. erv56

    erv56 Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2011 California

    Amen to the Blind Pig love!
  39. BradyRocky

    BradyRocky Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2021 Massachusetts

    What hops are in this beer?

    Also reiterate previous comments about when are you coming to New England?
  40. FBarber

    FBarber Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,989) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
    Super Mod Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Blind Pig is the SHIT.
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