Mark Carmignani

No-Li Big Bang Barleywine

No-Li Brewhouse was started in 1993 by Mark Irvin under the name Northern Lights Brewing Co.Evidently, someone else had staked a claim to the use of the name Northern Lights forcing Mark to change the name to the shortened No-Li. Which I assume is supposed to be pronounced as “no-lie."

Russian River Supplication

Russian River Brewing Co. was started, in 1997, by the Korbel Champagne Co.. They hired Vinnie Cilurzo as brewmaster and when Korbel decided brewing beer wasn’t for them anymore Vinnie and his wife, Natalie, bought the brewery. That was in 2002. Russian River now consists of a 20-barrel brewpub and a 50-barrel production brewhouse located in Santa Rosa, Calif.. That 50-barrel brewhouse was updated earlier in 2015 with new equipment. Not bigger equipment, just newer equipment, so don’t expect to start seeing Russian River beers pop up in new markets.

FiftyFifty Old Conundrum On Wood

Eclipse, Eclipse, Eclipse. That's all anyone ever seems to say when FiftyFifty Brewing Company is mentioned. Sure its delicious, well awarded, damn expensive and some versions sell out before the beer is even in bottles. Variants abound trigger that deep seeded sense in our generation to collect them all. A kaleidoscope of colored wax topped bottles, sealing contents too precious for their own good, charm the eyes in a genius display of marketing.

Russian River Pliny The Elder

It is arguably the most famous, sought after, talked about and otherwise storied brew of this proverbial craft beer renaissance.  Spanning a full decade this beer has won two bronze and three gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, as well as, being voted the number one commercial beer in the world by the homebrewing publication Zymurgy for six years straight. That's right, I said six years straight. It is also credited with spawning the immense popularity of the double India pale ale—or imperial India pale ale—style.