Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Russian River Toronado 25th Anniversary

Russian River is set to release Toronado's 25th Anniversary Ale this year. The beer will be called Oe Ta Meulick. This will be a follow-up to the wildly-successfully Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale, aka T20 (BeerAdvocate). Here is a description and photo of the label, courtesy of Beer Street Journal:

Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale started out as six individual brews, each with their own personality, and all incorporating Brettanomyces and or micro-organisms. Once the barrel aging was complete, Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo and Toronado’s David Keene got together to create the final blend. To create its fine carbonation, we re fermented the Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale in this bottle. Spent yeast cells from a thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Pour slowly, allowing the natural yeast sediment to remain in the bottle.
This has the makings of a big year for Russian River, as they will also be releasing their Brett-fermented collaboration with Sierra Nevada this summer, via Sierra Nevada's distribution chain. The collaboration was fermented with Brett B., and will be called "Brux."

EDIT (08.08.2012):

Here is an update on the release just over six months later.  Russian River will be holding their release of Toronado 25 bottles starting on Thursday August 9, 2012.  Here are the details:

We would like to wish Dave, Jennifer, and the entire gang at the Toronado San Francisco a big Happy 25th Anniversary!    You might remember when we made a special beer for their 20th Anniversary (I think I remember parts of that week ;-). Of course, we could not resist the temptation to honor them again with another special concoction. What style of beer is it? Vinnie, the mad scientist, says it is a "sour barrel-aged disproportionate blend of 6 different beers". Upon tasting it this morning, I would say the beer itself is as big a mouthful as the description! The 6 different components were brewed separately with distinctly different processes, then Vinnie and Dave decided on the final blend together. It is 100% bottle conditioned and has brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus.  ABV is 8.75%.

Toronado 25th Anniversary beer will be released on Thursday, August 9th, on draft and in the bottle at the pub. The kegs will be tapped when we open at 11am.  Then we will release the 750ml bottles when the bus arrives from the Toronado that night for the big shindig and Big Daddy is in the house!   Bottles are $25 each, limit 2 per person. We are going to release about 25 cases (appropriately, but not planned) every day starting Thursday night, then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning upon opening.   If you want to stop by just to buy bottles, please come Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.   We will not be allowing folks in just to buy bottles on Thursday night as we will be focused on throwing the best party ever!
Thursday nights event is open to the public and FREE, but the semi-private Toronado Party will be taking over the entire dining room starting at about 6pm. If you are planning to come, please be prepared for a busy night and perhaps a wait to get in. It is definitely 21 and up on Thursday. American Dog takes the stage at 9pm! We will be handing out FREE earplugs for anyone interested! 

Toronado San Francisco will, of course, also be serving this special beer but not until their official Anniversary Party on Saturday, August 11th. If you would like more information about their event, please contact the Toronado.
 Finally, Toronado will also be selling an as-of-yet unknown number of bottles to go at the anniversary party on Saturday.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, here are the blend components of the blend from Vinnie, who gave them out at a pre-release party at Toronado:

4% Sonambic (barrel aged for 15 months)
16% Blonde Ale (barrel aged for 8 months)
36% Strong Pale Ale (barrel aged 12 months)
28% Ale Aged with Currants (barrel aged for 8 months)
12% Strong Dark Ale (barrel aged for 12 months)
4% Baltic Porter (barrel aged for 10 months)

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