Russian River hype. When will it end?

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  1. basickness

    basickness Aspirant (206) Apr 20, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    pittsburgh is awesome. ohio, not so much
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  2. stormywaters

    stormywaters Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2011 California

    So you are upset that during the two weeks out of the year when younger is out, you cannot get a growler fill without waiting in line? Also I was there on Friday night and there was a 20 wait, not quite 2 hours.
  3. brewsader

    brewsader Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 New York
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    i dont think you could make the argument that RR>legendary belgian beer, but belgium is also across an ocean. in the meantime...
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  4. Uncleserg

    Uncleserg Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2009 California

    can someone delete his account? this is blasphemy.....:angry:
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  5. Mattco

    Mattco Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2011 Illinois

    I'm confused by this entire thread. I would take some of these overhyped RR brews in Illinois.
  6. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    You're doing a pretty poor job of it.
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  7. biga7346

    biga7346 Aspirant (295) Jun 19, 2010 Michigan
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    You live 10 minutes away from RR and yet have found something to complain about, get a grip bra!
  8. gueuzedreg

    gueuzedreg Crusader (747) Jan 18, 2013 Colorado
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    When I started with sours, I had tunnel vision toward RR. But I have expanded out since. There are many places around the US to get great beer. So now that my tunnel vision has been cured; if I was right next to RR I would go inside to buy a beer happily. Meanwhile drinking it and comparing it with others around the nation that I like. I hope to go some time, and I would consider it a mecca vacation for me. So would Cantillon and many others. Enjoy beer
  9. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    When you brew a high quality product(s) as well and as long as they have been doing so, while maintaining their "Hype" with all the other new breweries and beers popping up all throughout the nation...I'd say they're doing something right. Should deserve some respect and a little more credit than you are giving them.

    There are other beers and breweries out there right this minute getting more "Hype" than RRBC. Are you singling RRBC out because you once lived there and their success made it harder and more annoying for you to regularly drink their beer?

    Comparing Bear Republic to each their own I guess.
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  10. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    You're complaining about those prices? During your California vacation did you look at all the other prices on the shelves for DIPAs?
  11. BigbROB

    BigbROB Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2010 Illinois
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    Moderators should delete these kinds of posts immediately. All the same "everyone loves this brewery, I don't get it, blah blah blah" EVERYONE ARGUE!
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  12. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Vinnie started brewing Blind Pig in Temecula around the time that Gopher was invented and started brewing at what is now Russian River Brewing just a year after HTTP was officially released. Their beers had been distributed around Bay Area bars and recognized for their excellence for years before anybody had even thought of Yelp and most of us have bottles of "tion" beers older than Reddit.

    I think that it is a little misguided to say that Russian River's "hype" is the result of the internet or Yelpers or Reddit or any of the other social networks or peer review sources that may be coming to mind (like this one). The "hype" existed on the street from word of mouth long before these technologies, first around the Bay Area and then through visitors to the old beer bars within reach of the original distribution. All that the internet and all of these sites have done is allow more people to know of RR's existence and to help facilitate a trading network much further reaching than the physical distribution network.
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  13. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (856) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    Yes. Ruination and Double Jack are cheaper. Pliny isn't that expensive, it's just not a particularly good price.
  14. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    Pliny is $3.99 to $5. And $4.25 a pint for one of the best DIPAs in the world is a bad price?
  15. phishphorce

    phishphorce Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    LOL Pittsburgh. I'm from the burgh our beer sucks. Dont cite Church won all kinds of awards. Those are beers they dont even brew they are one offs for the GAFB for the most part.

    DFH. Joke. DFH's best beer would not even be in my top 10 for RR best beer.

    Russian river makes some of the best beers in the world, Not just talking about 1 beer, talking about a dozen world class beers that are as consistent as any brewery on the planet earth.
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  16. RhyminBelmont

    RhyminBelmont Initiate (0) May 14, 2013 Illinois

    Doesn't enjoy beer internet hype.

    FFF as counter example.
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  17. beerinNV

    beerinNV Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 Nevada

    If you're not a dick they'll let you go in and get other things to go and roll out. Although, it may be limited to bottles and not growlers...
  18. thenamestsam

    thenamestsam Initiate (121) Sep 13, 2012 New York

    I sympathize with being annoyed by crowds, but the bottom line is that nobody is forcing you to mix with the crowds. If you'd rather enjoy a beer at Bear Republic where it's maybe less crowded, then good for you. But why do you care if other people don't feel the same way?

    You say that Russian River is not phenomenal. Many people disagree. I disagree. But I don't care that you don't like it. Why do you care that I do? I can't think of one way that you're possibly being hurt by the fact that a lot of people really love a brewery that you only like.
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  19. brikelly

    brikelly Aspirant (269) Apr 11, 2010 Massachusetts
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    One less person to drink Russian River beers?

    Yeah I'm OK with that
  20. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
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    And that ladies and Gentlemen was just a quick exercise on how to turn an entire community against you! thanks to all who participated.
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  21. rboinski

    rboinski Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 California

    I'm going to investigate this in and hour and a half when they open. I will report back on whether or not Russian River is overrated
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  22. TicoCali

    TicoCali Disciple (350) Jul 25, 2010 California

    The day they stop brewing. Never :slight_smile:
  23. tommyguz

    tommyguz Meyvn (1,020) May 14, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I was wondering the same thing....any answer?
  24. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    You're so gentle. :wink:
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  25. libbey

    libbey Initiate (0) May 18, 2008 British Indian Ocean Territory

    Go on a Tuesday?
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  26. dunix

    dunix Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2011 Vermont

    I get where the OP is coming from. There was a time I could go to HF on a Saturday and be the only one there. Man, I wish they weren't so successful........ I should go on the internet and tell everyone they make bad beer.
  27. ferillo

    ferillo Defender (653) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
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    It will end when they consistently make bad beer. Meaning never.
  28. ktblue22

    ktblue22 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2013 Vermont

    I have never been to RR, but its definitely what I would consider a "mecca". Something I would love to take a long road trip towards, sampling beer from across the country along the way. Why the hype? Because its done amazing things for craft beer in America. It makes amazing beer. Its kind of a simple concept. Not to be rude, but when people make posts like this you sound incredibly spoiled...a lot of people don't have the access to the kind of beer you do
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  29. Pnell316

    Pnell316 Initiate (164) Aug 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    As soon as they tap procrastination. It will be all over then.
  30. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,494) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I have not had all of the beers that Russian River makes but I have had a number of them. Below is my list of Russian River beers that I tasted with their associated BA scores:

    · Blind Pig: 97
    · Pliny the Elder: 100
    · Pliny the Younger: 100
    · Damnation: 92
    · Consecration: 99
    · Beatification: 100
    · Sanctification: 96
    · Salvation: 92

    I have enjoyed drinking all of the above beers but my personal favorites are Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger.

    I am hard pressed to think of another brewery that brews so many different styles of beers of such consistent quality (across the board of their portfolio of beers) as well as Russian River; I suppose the only brewery that I think is ‘better’ is Hill Farmstead.

    As far as I am concerned, Russian River deserves all of the accolades that it receives; there is no hype here.

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  31. profbobo

    profbobo Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2008 Colorado
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    Serious. I love Pittsburgh, but don't understand why it's on this list.
  32. BiereBlanche

    BiereBlanche Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2007 Colorado

    Ugggghhh... now I just wanna go back to No. Cal so I can have something to complain about toooooooo. I also hated the 70 degree weather in November...
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  33. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    ...says the person from Vermont :wink:
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  34. brewnstrong

    brewnstrong Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2011 Illinois

    Maybe you're just over it since you can get RR beer so easily and its nothing fancy to you. FFF to me is one of the most overhyped berweies, I live an hour away, I don't bother with their beer. It's overpriced and I've had it all.

    I've been to RR and it was one of the best experiences I have had.
    FFF is actually pretty disappointing if you visit their pub. And their tour is terrible.

    RR to me = FFF to you...simple.
  35. stealth

    stealth Zealot (508) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    First world problems, man. First world problems.
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  36. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I've never been to either RR or FFF, but I've had a reasonable sampling of different beers from each brewery.
    And I agree with you 100%.
  37. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    yeah man totally, shame on russian river for opening up in 1997 and not in the 1800's, the nerve !!!
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  38. johnsonni

    johnsonni Initiate (165) Dec 27, 2012 North Carolina
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    You're worried about a "local" brewery being over hyped...yeah everyone should hate all the local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and businesses.

    Next time my favorite local restaurant gets too busy, I'm gonna look in the door and yell that this place is overrated in hope that everyone leaves and I can eat in peace
  39. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Devotee (476) Mar 19, 2012 California

    I have only tried Damnation and Pliny the Elder. While both were good, I didn't think that they were that great. Part of the reason is the both of them are not my favorite styles. So, I don't buy into the hype, but I understand why others do...

    Just because I love and get giddy over Stone, SN, and others, I don't expect everyone to fell the same. It's great that we have so many choices. So, hype a way if you want...It makes it fun...

    Lastly, I don't buy into the older or original is better...
  40. papaholmz

    papaholmz Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina
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    OP, your posts in this thread lead me to believe the following...
    1. You are mad that it is hard to get seated at the RR pub
    2. You are equally mad that some of their brews are hard to get because everyone thinks they're great
    3. You really don't think RR is overhyped, you just wish everyone else would think RR is overhyped and stop going so it would be easier to get a seat at the pub and drink the beer that you so obviously enjoy
    It's almost like you're saying, "I was here from the beginning so I really know how awesome it is and the rest of you are just pretenders jumping on the bandwagon."
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