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Recipe: Blind Pig Inaugural Ale

Courtesy of Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo, this recipe aims to replicate the first beer he brewed at Blind Pig in 1994—and what is regarded to be the first commercially brewed double IPA.

Vinnie Cilurzo Feb 8, 2021 - 5 min read

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First Blind Pig filtration in 1994. Photo: Courtesy Vinnie Cilurzo

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A few years before he would become the brewmaster at Russian River, longtime homebrewer Vinnie Cilurzo started the Blind Pig brewpub in Temecula, California. He brewed his first batch of commercial beer there on June 23, 1994. That batch also is believed to be the first commercially brewed double IPA.

This recipe, shared with Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® by Cilurzo, is based on that recipe he brewed that day.

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