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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day 271 Drink: Russian River Supplication

In 1997, Russian River Brewing Company was founded by Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, Calif. Vinnie Cilurzo was hired as the brewmaster and at the 1999 Great American Beer Festival the brewery was named Small Brewing Company of the Year. In 2002, Korbel decided to leave the beer business and sold the brewery to Cilurzo and his wife, Natalie. The brewery is now located in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Russian River Supplication is a 7 percent alcohol by volume ale that has several layers of flavor. The Brown Ale is aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels with strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus yeast and aged with sour cherries. The aroma has clear hints of cherries, which also are a primary component of the flavor. The beer has a nice citrus and sour base, with a bit of earthiness in the tart finish.

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