Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Update on Russian River


Back in February, I reported hearing that Russian River Brewing would soon be expanding their distribution of their fine beers to other states, including Colorado. I had originally heard that April was going to be the month that this would happen but I hadn't heard anything recently about it. So, I did what any beer lover would do. I went directly to the source and emailed the owner and brewer at Russian River - Vinnie Cilurzo. Vinnie was kind enough to quickly respond to my inquiry with a nice email back to me. Here is what he told me:

"We are going to start shipping to CO in the summer, we do not have an exact date as we are still finishing up the construction at our production brewery."

"Our distributor will be Elite Brands out of Denver and the contact is Terry. She is a great person and runs a great company."

"We plan to sell Pliny the Elder and Damnation in kegs to begin with (and) bottles of Damnation and limited bottles of Pliny the Elder. Eventually we'll get Salvation there as well."

Thanks,
Vinnie

Vinnie Cilurzo
Brewer / Owner
Russian River Brewing Company
725 4th St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Tele: 707.545.2337 x 4
Fax: 707.545.2338
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My taste buds are already watering anticipation. It may be just a bit longer to wait but for these fine beers from California, it will be well worth it. In the meantime, the closest thing I'll get to a Russian River is the Collaboration Not Litigation beer that Russian River and Avery Brewing jointly puts out here in Colorado. It's a mix of both of their Salvation brews. Anyone else looking forward to their expanded distribution like I am? Let me know.

Update: June 19, 2008 - Latest word on the street (from BeerAdvocate) is that shipment of RR brews to Colorado won't happen now until sometime in mid-August. The wait continues but will be worth the wait.

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- Russian River Pliny the Elder review
- Russian River Blind Pig IPA review
- More Russian River beers heading to Colorado

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