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Russian River/Sierra Nevada Brux
One of our most requested breweries is Russian River. Their Pliny the Elder has perhaps the strongest cult following of any U.S. microbrew. Well, if we all held our breath as long as possible most of us would probably pass away before we see Pliny in Utah. However, one of the great things to come out of the current trend of collaboration beers is that we are seeing beers from breweries we never thought we'd see.
This time it is a collaboration between Russian River and Sierra Nevada called Brux. Their description of it as a "Domesticated Wild Ale" is spot on. It is most certainly an American interpretation of Belgian Wild Ales. An amazingly balanced Belgian style farmhouse beer brewed using Brettanomyces but with a clear American microbrew influence. Unlike many other "Brett" beers, this one is without the sourness from Lactobacillus. At the current time the Brett is nicely mellow but we expect it to develop even more in the bottle over the next few months.