In October, Russian River Brewing Co. produces one of its most interesting beers for perhaps its most noble cause.
I’m referring to Framboise For A Cure, a complex, fruity, sour and delicious blonde ale aged in Chardonnay barrels made for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This hot pink beer is so coveted that Russian River places a daily ration on sales. All of the proceeds go to Sutter Breast Care Services of Santa Rosa.
Still, it’s not an easy get. Last time I visited the Santa Rosa pub, the quota had been reached for that day and I was out of luck. What did that leave me? I had to make do with a few of Russian River’s other offerings, which just so happen to be some of the greatest beers in the world.
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This year, in what is both a major surprise and a serious coup for Sacramento, Pangaea Bier Cafe will host a “Dinner For A Cure” featuring Russian River beers paired with various courses of the dinner. The line-up includes the hot pink Framboise For A Cure.
The six-course family-style dinner is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 and costs $120 per person. Proceeds go toward breast cancer awareness.
This promises to be a very tough ticket to get. Pangaea has seating for approximately 90 people, including on the patio, and the pub is offering first dibs to its Passport members. Tickets go on sale 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 – if there are any left by then.
Pangaea owner Rob Archie said the idea for the dinner came about during the Craft Beer Summit last month in Sacramento when he hung out with Russian River co-owners Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo.
“It was her idea. She said we should do a dinner and a fund-raiser,” Archie said. “I’m ecstatic. Russian River is my favorite brewery, so this is a no-brainer.”
Recently, Archie and Pangaea chef Brett Stockdale (who succeeded the highly touted Robb Venditti when he stepped aside to focus on catering) visited the Russian River production facility to glean inspiration for the dinner.
“They opened their barrel room for us and I’ll never forget that smell,” Archie said. “I really got an understanding of why they are so good at what they do.”
The Cilurzos will be hosting the dinner at Pangaea. This is not only a good cause but a great opportunity for beer lovers.