Sunday, June 7, 2009
Some very good news: Russian River beers are now available in Durango.
The Sonoma County, California, brewery makes some very tasty Belgian-style ales and is also well known for its line of IPAs.
Until Saturday, Soggy Coaster had never seen a Russian River beer in Durango. Fortunately, Star Liquors has apparently started carrying Russian River, as a visit to the store yesterday turned up the Damnation, a Belgian-style golden ale (7 percent ABV, 25 IBUs), and the Blind Pig IPA (6 percent ABV).
Soggy Coaster last encountered Russian River on a trip to Oregon last winter, when he thoroughly enjoyed a Damnation.
Your correspondent couldn't resist picking up another bottle of Damnation at Star. It wasn't cheap - $11 or so - but the bottle-conditioned, corked 750 ml ale will be worth every penny. A friend picked up the Blind Pig, and if Soggy's brief taste is any guide, it's one of the better IPAs out there.