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Russian River, Allagash honored

Malt Advocate names RR its Brewery of the Year

Jan 25, 2006 - Russian River Brewing Co. earned the honors of Brewery of the Year in Malt Advocate magazine's 12th annual awards.

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The magazine, which honors mostly those in the world of whiskey, points to the range of beers made at the Santa Rosa, Calif., brewery. It cites Supplication, a brown ale aged for 12 months in pinot noir barrels, produced with sour cherries and wild bacteria and yeast; Beatification, a blond ale aged for 22 months in barrels acquired from New Belgium Brewing Co.; and Pliny the Elder, a beer that evolved from the first commercial Double IPA brewed in America.

"Their list of beers seems endless," the magazine offers in praise, "restricted only by how many hours a day brewing artist Vinnie Cilurzo is willing to brew, and not willing to sleep."

The magazine also gave Michael Jackson, the world's best-known beer writer, and Lifetime Achievement award for his equally popular writing about whiskey.

Saveur magazine bestowed a different sort of honor on Allagash Brewing Co., naming the Portland, Maine, brewery to the Saveur 100. The explanation begins, "Creamy, rich and powerful, the eight or so Belgian-style ales from Allagash Brewing Company are beers to savor slowly."


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