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MoreBeer! Spends a Day With Vinnie Cilurzo at
The Russian River Brewing Co! 
 
 
 

Recently MoreBeer! received the opportunity of a life time: Visit Vinnie Cilurzo at the Russian River Brewing Co. and ask him as many questions as possible.  It might be possible that his name doesn't ring a bell, so we'll make it easy on you: He changed the game when he showed the world the splendor of the Double IPA with Pliny the Elder (...oohhhh...that guy!)

We asked him about his background, hops and IPAs, his sour beer and barrel program, and
how he uses his BrewSculpture.   He was more than willing to share his knowledge, and revealed quite a few tips and bits of advice throughout the videos.  Now we knew Vinnie was a cool guy, but he ended up being far cooler than any of our expectations!  Just how cool you might ask?  Try - "Giving us the recipe to his famous Consecration sour beer" cool.  It doesn't stop there though.  To do it right, Vinnie offered us some of his Consecration barrels to take home!  Now we could have been greedy and brewed a few batches to fill them up, which we definitely considered! Instead, we decided to chop the barrels up and include these barrel chunks into the newest addition to our Brewmaster Recipes Series:

Russian River Brewing Co. Consecration. 
 
 
Interviewing Vinnie Cilurzo

MoreBeer! was able to visit Russian River and interview Vinnie Cilurzo to ask him about his operation. During the four different videos, Shea Comfort and Vinnie discuss how he uses the BrewSculpture, his background to brewing, hops and IPAs, and of course his sour beers and barrels!


In the first part of the interview, we discuss the Russian River Brewing Co.'s BrewSculpture, and how they use it to perfect their recipes.
MoreBeer RR Brewing visit (Part 1_Brewsculpture) 
MoreBeer! RRBC Interview - Part 1 - Brewsculpture

Something we were very interested in (and hopefully you are too) was Vinnie Cilurzo's background. What made him get into brewing? We get to find out in the second part of the interview!
MoreBeer RR Brewing visit (Part 2_Beginning to now) 
MoreBeer! RRBC Interview - Part 2 - Beginning to Now

In part 3, Vinnie discusses different hops. He explains what originally drew him to hops, what some of his favorite hops are now, and what some of his favorites were when he was just starting.
MoreBeer RR Brewing visit (Part 3_Hops) 
MoreBeer! RRBC Interview - Part 3 - Hops

In the final part of the interview, Vinnie talks about his sour beer and barrel program. We learn about what got him into the world of sour beers, and why he's so great at making them!
MoreBeer RR Brewing visit (Part 4_Sour Barrel Program) 
MoreBeer! RRBC Interview - Part 4 - Sour Barrel Program
Consecration Kits!

Consecration Label

con-se-cra-tion, (n):
1. The act of dedication to the service & worship of a deity.  2. The act of giving the sacramental character to the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine.

A Dark Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels (local to the Santa Rosa, CA region), Consecration is a must try for any and all sour beer lovers.  Being aged with black currants, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus brings this beer right to the top of the "complex flavors" list!

What makes this kit different from anything we've ever done is the secret ingredient - real chunks from authentic Consecration barrels given to us by Vinnie himself!  We are also very happy to be donating a portion of all proceeds from these kits to the Sutter Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa.  We were inspired to do this after getting to enjoy one of Russian River's "Framboise For a Cure". 
This was a very special batch that the Russian River Brewing Co. has done twice so far to donate 100% of the proceeds to the Sutter Breast Care Center of Santa Rosa - just more proof that Vinnie Cilurzo and the Russian River Brewing Co. are truly a class act!  We couldn't be more proud to feature his brewery, and to bring a little piece of it to your carboy.

Consecration Ingredient Kits: 
 
 
New 375mL Belgian Bottles

B330 375mL Belgian  

We are very excited to be able to offer the same 375mL bottles that the Russian River Brewing Co. uses (and made famous).  A perfect way to bottle all of your Belgian and sour beers!  These will also compliment the new Consecration ingredient kits rather nicely.

Corking Belgian bottles can be tricky, and require some extra equipment.  With this in mind, we'll be offering both corkable and cappable bottles.  This makes it possible to bottle your favorite Belgian beers with the same equipment you're already using on your standard bottles!


375mL Belgian Bottles: