Pliny the Younger Economic Impact 2022

Jun 29, 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Pliny the Younger release March 25th-April 7th, 2022! The results are in from the Sonoma County Economic Development Boards (EDB) impact study conducted during the release by surveying visitors at both our pubs. The total economic impact to our local community for our 2022 Pliny […]

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Pliny the Younger 2022 is FINALLY Here!

Mar 21, 2022

Pliny the Younger Release 2022 After several months of planning, scheduling, rescheduling and waiting, we are finally ready to release Pliny the Younger on tap and in bottles at our brewpubs March 25th-April 7th, 2022!  This is a busy week for us here at RRBC, putting last-minute finishing touches on our 2-week release. And we […]

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Pliny the Younger 2022 Release Postponed until March!

Jan 13, 2022

Pliny the Younger 2022 Postponed, but still on! Not only is Sonoma County experiencing a record-shattering spike in COVID cases and increased hospitalizations, but we are in the midst of our own internal surge. Since the week before Christmas, 20 RRBC employees have tested positive for COVID with several more out sick or in quarantine […]

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RR Cellar Society 2022 Membership, Younger Hotels, and Holiday Greetings From Vinnie and Natalie!

Dec 20, 2021

The Russian River Cellar Society was born out of our love and passion for sour barrel-aged beers!  Although we are most known for super hop forward beers like Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig, and our annual 2-week release of Pliny the Younger, Vinnie’s true passion lies in the artistry and science behind creating sour […]

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Pliny the Younger 2022 Release Resumes In-person!

Nov 23, 2021

Barring any unforeseen business restrictions due to COVID-19, or any other presently unknown limiting factors, this year’s Pliny the Younger release will resume IN PERSON at both our Santa Rosa and Windsor brewpubs in 2022! The entire RRBC team missed seeing our many repeat and first-time visitors from around the world this past year after […]

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COVID-19 Restrictions Begin Loosening for Sonoma County and California Breweries!

Mar 13, 2021

As we approach the 1-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 stay at home order, we finally received some welcome news! Twelve counties in California, including Sonoma, were given the green light to move to the Red Tier, which means we can reopen our brewpubs for indoor dining at 25% capacity, effective March 14th. This will […]

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Pliny the Younger 2021 Online Release Sold Out in Minutes!

Jan 28, 2021

We understand that many of you are very upset about not getting the Younger mixed case. For that we are sincerely sorry. There were over 110,000 active users on the site trying to purchase the beer at the same time, which is extraordinary!  We are very, very grateful that the entire site did not crash. […]

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Pliny the Younger Mixed Case Pre-Sale Final Thoughts, Tips and Tricks for Ordering!

Jan 27, 2021

Everyone here at RRBC is busy getting ready for our Pliny the Younger 2021 online pre-sale release tomorrow, January 28th, at 11AM PST! This year’s merchandise has arrived and is for sale now online and in both the Santa Rosa and Windsor Gift Shops, including a Pliny the Younger salami made locally by Journeyman Meats.  […]

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Pliny the Younger 2021 Update- Pre-sales Date and Time Announcement!

Jan 11, 2021

Last week we successfully brewed 4 batches of Pliny the Younger (3 in Windsor and 1 in Santa Rosa) and all brews are happily fermenting away!  While we still won’t know exact final yield quantities until the day we put it into bottles, we are comfortable with announcing a date and time for the pre-sales […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Pliny the Younger 2021! Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2020

Out With the Old and In With the New! If you live on this planet, you are likely ready to bid 2020 a not-so-fond farewell, and welcome new beginnings and hope for 2021! In lieu of reflecting and rehashing everything this year has dumped on all of us, we would like to take this moment […]

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Pliny the Younger 2021 Release Paused Due to COVID-19

Nov 22, 2020

Like most major beer releases and other special events during this COVID-era, we are hitting the pause button on our annual 2021 Pliny the Younger release. While we are sad to miss seeing our loyal friends and fans from around the world, it has become clear that it will not be safe for us to […]

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Sonoma County Ordered to Shut Down Indoor Drinking and Dining Operations

Jul 12, 2020

We just received the official news that Sonoma County is the latest county in California to be ordered to shut down several business operations again, including indoor drinking and dining. All bars, brewery taprooms, winery tasting rooms, restaurants and brewpubs must discontinue indoor service effective at midnight tonight, July 12th, and may only serve alcohol […]

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Sonoma County Public Health Gives Green Light To Reopen!

Jun 6, 2020

Late last night, the Sonoma County Public Health Director, Dr. Sundari Mase, revised her order allowing restaurants to reopen for in-house dining effective June 6th! The team and I are busy spending this weekend installing plexiglass barriers, rearranging/removing furniture at both pubs, and rehiring, on-boarding and training about 50 employees in preparation for opening Monday […]

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Coronavirus Shelter In Place Update

May 18, 2020

We hope that you and your families are staying safe, healthy, and relatively sane during these difficult times. The affects of this global pandemic are varied and far-reaching. Thankfully, our employees, their families, Vinnie and I are healthy and able to focus on other aspects of our lives. Our hearts go out to everyone adversely […]

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Latest happenings at RRBC RE: COVID-19 situation

Mar 17, 2020

In response to the quickly evolving COVID-19 virus situation, both brewery restaurants will remain CLOSED for onsite service until further notice. We will continue to offer takeout orders for food at both locations, as well as growlers and bottles to go. Call (707) 545-2337 and listen to the prompt to reach the appropriate brewery. Our […]

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COVID-19 Virus Update

Mar 16, 2020

On March 15th, Governor Gavin Newsom mandated some new restrictions in the state of CA to greatly minimize the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. We support these new mandates and are in the process of shutting down and reducing operations in compliance with the Governor to help further reduce spread of the virus. Our Windsor Tasting […]

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Message Regarding COVID-19

Mar 13, 2020

The health and safety of our customers, employees and vendors is our top priority at Russian River Brewing. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking extra precautions with increased cleaning and sanitation practices, as well as temporary policy changes within our company. We are all craving a sense of normalcy right now […]

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Exciting News Regarding Pliny the Younger 2020- Never Say Never!

Dec 24, 2019

This February we celebrate the 16th annual Winter release of our popular Triple IPA, Pliny the Younger. Always released the first Friday in February (rain or shine, but mostly rain), Younger will be available at both brewpubs February 7th-20th, 2020. Each year thousands of visitors from all over the world descend upon Santa Rosa, and […]

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Yuletide Blog

Dec 16, 2019

Season’s Greetings from Sonoma County! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Holiday Season thus far! We have certainly had our share of excitement around here, and finally settling down for the winter.  As many of you know, we had another major wildfire in late October, early November, that came dangerously close to burning homes […]

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Summer Fun at RRBC

Jul 15, 2019

Vinnie and I just returned from our first vacation in 4 years!  I guess you can say we have been a little busy.  We celebrated our 24th Wedding Anniversary last week on Kaua’i hiking, relaxing on beautiful beaches, and eating tons of fresh fish. It was a much-needed reprieve after a very intense few years! […]

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15th Annual Pliny the Younger Release!

Feb 1, 2019

By the time you read this, our 15th annual release of Pliny the Younger may be well under way!  This is a big year for us with much anticipation (and anxiety!) about hosting the release in both Santa Rosa and Windsor for the first time.  We have been planning and preparing for weeks.  The beer […]

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Happy New Year 2019!

Jan 2, 2019

My only New Year’s Resolution is to blog at least 6 times over the next 12 months, a seemingly reasonable and obtainable goal.  Oh, and to avoid any major construction projects.  That one is easy since we ran out of money! 2018 proved to be the most exhilarating, educational, challenging and busiest year of our […]

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Getting Ready to Brew Batch #1 in Windsor!

Sep 9, 2018

After a few weeks of turning things on for the first time and making some big messes, we are just about ready to brew our first batch of beer in Windsor!  For those of you who are not aware, Russian River Brewing was originally owned by and located at the historic Korbel Winery in Guerneville, […]

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The Latest Happenings at RRBC

May 13, 2018

So much has happened in the past few months that I don’t even know where to begin!  I will just pick up from where I left off with the last blog right before our Pliny the Younger release.  We were grateful to see so many tourists and locals alike coming back to our pub and […]

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Pliny the Younger 2018

Jan 14, 2018

In my stubborn quest to retain total control over all media channels, including this blog, my posts have become even more infrequent.  That is what happens when you try to run a business, build a brewery and remodel a house at the same time.  I definitely do NOT recommend it!  Fortunately, the house is done […]

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Beatification 2017 Release

Jun 8, 2017

Today we are releasing our 2017 Beatification on DRAFT only at our brewpub in Downtown Santa Rosa! We debuted the latest batch of Beatification this past weekend at both the Firestone Invitational and Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp in San Francisco. This beer is unique in that we transfer the beer from the kettle into our koelschip which is a long, shallow, open-top tank […]

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Construction Begins and NEW RRBC Website!

May 28, 2017

Greetings from Sonoma County! Please excuse my extended hiatus from blogging.  Not only are we working incredibly hard on the new brewery, but we have been in the process of changing website hosts for seemingly a very long time.  But the switch is finally compete and this is my first blog post on our new website!  While several pages on […]

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RRBC Windsor location is official!

Dec 20, 2016

It has been a very exciting week around here for me and Vinnie and our entire brewery family! This past Thursday we closed escrow on our new brewery property in Windsor! Some of you who also follow us on Facebook may have already heard the news. But our BLOG readers are going to get the […]

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All Hopped Up For The Cure 2016!

Dec 20, 2016

Dear Loyal Blog Readers, It’s October and, once again, we are “All Hopped Up For The Cure”! This year’s “Framboise For A Cure” is on tap at the pub now through the end of the month, or at least pretty close. The base beer is Temptation and Sonambic aged with 2 pounds of fresh organic […]

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