New Beer Blog Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Russian River Brewing Yvan The Great Belgian Style Blonde


In this special beer blog, we are going to get into the fifth of twelve of beers in this Sierra Nevada Beer Camp.   If you read my earlier beer blog posts on Sierra Nevada’s beers, you know the history of them.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this brewery.  Russian River Brewery was founded years ago in California.  It was sold to Vinnie Cilurzo and his wife Natalie  from Korbel Champagne Cellars.  When Cilurzo took over, they started to grow the brewery at a rapid rate.  There is really not too much history out there on this awesome West Coast Craft Brewery.  Let us get into beer.

It has a clear golden color without a head on this blonde ale.  The aroma has some Belgian spice notes.  The taste of this light to medium body beer is a refreshing Belgian spicy notes with some slight earthy tones.  The aftertaste has a dry funky finish.  It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This hoppy Blonde Ale blends the dry, complex yeast character of Begian farmhouse ales with the bright, citrus-like profile of American-grown hops.

As longtime friends, Russian River brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and our own Brian Grossman are no strangers to brewing experiments.  For this collaboration, they honored their friend and renowned Belgian brewer Yvan De Beats.  This Belgian-American mash-up harmoniously blends Yvan’s penchant for yeast with Vinnie and Brian’s affinity for hops

Here is a description from their website (

As longtime friends, Russian River brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and our own Brian Grossman are no strangers to brewing experiments. While looking for inspiration for this collaboration, Vinnie and Brian decided to honor the creations of legendary Belgian brewer Yvan De Baets with their own hop-forward American-Belgian mash-up.

From complex Belgian-inspired styles to American wild ales and hoppy Double IPA’s, Russian River always pushes boundaries while respecting technique and quality. Co-owners Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo are longtime friends of Sierra Nevada and they always have a six-pack of Pale Ale in their fridge at home.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: and

Twitter:  No twitter account for Russian River and @sierranevada

In the end, I only had one beer from Russian River Brewery.  I have been looking and searching for more their beers.  The problem is they are not sold in the Midwest part of the United States.  The one beer that I had was their American Wild Ale.  I do not know where I had it but I loved it.  I want to say it was in the San Francisco area.  I was pretty excited to see this beer in this pack.  Yes, this will be my second beer from Russian River Brewery.  I am loving the beer as far as a mouth feel but I am not fan of the aftertaste. The aftertaste is what is killing me from liking this beer overall.  I am glad to had the chance to try this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/


Bill DJ Weiser


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