Monday, June 30, 2008

7.4 Million Pints Worth Cheering

I received this press release from my friend Glynn Phillips, owner of Sacramento's oldest producing brewery - Rubicon. Last year Rubicon celebrated 20 years of brewing, this month they celebrate their 3,000th batch.

A Tiny Bit of History
When the Great American Beer Festival introduced the American IPA category (1989), the gold medal went to Rubicon Brewing. They followed this up with a second gold medal in the same category in 1990. Their IPA is still great, a treat for those who live in the region, but clearly the style has evolved.

On to the press release:
Sacramento, Ca (June 28, 2008)- The Rubicon Brewing Company proudly
announces the release of its 3000th batch of handcrafted beer. This
milestone batch is a double India pale ale that has appropriately been named "Hop Sauce".

Hop Sauce is a new recipe for the Rubicon Brewing Company and includes ten different hop varieties: Summit, Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Vanguard, Glacier, Goldings, Bravo and Sterling. It has been double dry hopped, and ten pounds of New Zealand Mouteka hops were added to the serving tank for the final hoppy touch. In a time where the shortage of hops is forcing hop prices through the roof and causing most breweries to get creative with their recipes, the Rubicon Brewers, Scott Cramlet and Al Griffin, decided to go over the top and use every hop variety they could get their hands on. The result “ a great Double IPA with huge flavor and aroma, brewed in true handcrafted Rubicon style,” says Glynn Phillips, owner, Rubicon Brewing Company.

So let's do the math... if each ten-barrel batch brewed generates 310
gallons, or 2480 pints, and there has been 3000 batches brewed, that means
that over the past 21 years, the Rubicon Brewing Company has produced
7,440,000 pints! That is a staggering figure in light of the fact that most
microbreweries manage only half that production quantity in a lifetime.

The Rubicon Brewing Company would like to thank their loyal customers for the chance to go this far and still be going strong. The Rubicon is a
favorite Midtown Sacramento institution and for over 20 years has provided
handcrafted beers and great food, served in a casual, friendly atmosphere.
If you haven’t been by yet, or it’s been a while… Go by and try the Hop
Sauce or any of their other fine brews, and see for yourself the difference
experience can make.
Pacific Brew News would like to than Rubicon for keeping our collective thirsts' quenched all these years. Soon there will be an update for their 21st anniversary celebration, called Hoptoberfest. This event will be more like an IPA festival than anything, cause for hop heads all over Sacramento to rejoice.