A new beer from Russian River Brewing Co. is paying tribute to one of the first breweries in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Happy Hops is a 6.5 percent ABV IPA brewed with Amarillo, Azacca, Brewers Gold, cashmere, centennial, Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Strata hops that is packaged in 510ml bottles. The IPA is a recreation of a beer that was originally brewed in 1944 by the Grace Brother’s Brewery, which was located in Russian River’s home city and closed in the 1960’s.
“I jokingly call Happy Hops our “not so hazy” Hazy IPA,” said Vinnie Cilurzo, owner and head brewer of Russian River, in an email to Tenemu. “It has all the big aromas and flavors of a hazy IPA but we fine it to be a clear beer. It is a beer I really look forward to making more of when we have more capacity at our new facility.”
According to Cilurzo, Happy Hops was released yesterday at Russian River in both bottles and on draft, although there will also be limited distribution of the beer on draft “throughout the bay area.” In addition, Cilurzo told Tenemu that “once we open our new Windsor, CA facility we will try to make Happy Hops full time.”