type: wild-yeast ale, or “Biere de Sonoma”
origin: Santa Rosa, CA
price: $3.75/.5l at RR
I recently had a chance to get up to Santa Rosa for a quick trip to Russian River. It’s safe to assume that visiting here means you’re going to have some delicious brew, but I wasn’t prepared for this. Not a chance.
Perdition is Russian River’s wild-yeast ale from Sonoma county, and it blew my freakin’ socks off. This beer is a work of modern art: rough around the edges but captivating and forward. Le biere en garde is a canon-shot across your palate – a challenge to your beer-drinking sensibilities, if you will. It’s hard to describe, but it’s like that moment you realize people aren’t perfect, but can often have profoundly redeeming qualities. That’s this beer. Ridiculous, I tells yah.
But I don’t think they should bottle this. Ever, ever, ever. For Jebus’ sake just let this stand as a true testament to the finest of Sonoma county brewers, and let it be available only at the brewery.
Drinking beers like this that make trying failed, shitty homebrew and the for-sale crap in the stores all worth it. It makes you realize why (a) Russian River is the best brewery in the state (and perhaps country), and (b) why you should be visiting any local breweries doing similar things. Because the point is to experience local delicacies, if they exist!
OK, maybe I’m using a bit much of the ole hyperbole, but at least take this message home: Jebus this is good. Really really good.