Located in the medium-sized town of Santa Rosa, Russian River Brewing Co was settled in a pretty cool little downtown that I would love to spend more time in on another trip. If the amount of people there at 11 AM in the morning, right when they opened, was any indication, then we must have stumbled onto something good (almost every seat was taken). I was excited as I placed my order and awaited its arrival.
The Russian River Brewing Company (RRBC) was originally owned by Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, California and was founded on their historic and beautiful property amidst vineyards and redwoods near the Russian River. When Korbel decided to get out of the beer business in 2003, they generously offered the brewmaster, Vinnie Cilurzo and his wife Natalie the rights to the brand.