About Russian River

The 2020 Philly Beer Week Collaboration Beer will be brewed at Russian River Brewing in California! 


Flashback to 1997. Vinnie Cilruzo was hired as the sole employee and Russian River Brewing Company’s first brewmaster in Sonoma County, California.   After years of awards and delicious beers, fast forward to 2004 and Vinnie and his wife Natalie are now the proud owners of Russian River as it enters its next chapter.

Philadelphia's rich brewing community caught the attention of Vinnie and Natalie and we can proudly say we are the only region on the East Coast that gets access to this highly sought-after portfolio.  

 Let’s raise a glass to a few of the many awards they have won over the last 15 years including:

  • Dozens of awards from GABF and the World Beer Cup
  • Vinnie and the brewery were named Brewery and Brewmaster of the Year at both GABF and World Beer Cup - twice!
  • In 2007, Vinnie was awarded the Russell Scherrer Award for Innovation in Brewing
  • In 2017, Vinnie and Natalie received the Brewer’s Association Recognition Award


Heading out to visit? You can join Vinnie, Natalie and their 200+ employees at their original Santa Rosa spot, or their brand new facility in Windsor. 


And, yes, Pliny the Elder is still their most popular beer nearly 20 years later.


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