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Santa Rosa Beer Maker Brews Up A Hit. Twice.

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    In ten short years Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo have turned the Russian River Brewing Company into one of the most decorated breweries in America. (Published Thursday, Jan 10, 2013)

    Vinnie Cilurzo says the first batch of home-brewed beer he ever made tasted horrible. Still, he enjoyed the process so much he figured it was something he could make a living out of.

    That he has done, and then some.

    Vinnie and his wife, Natalie, took over the Russian River Brewing Company brand a decade ago. Over that time one of their beers, Pliny the Elder, has achieved cult status in the beer world: racking up awards, and flying off store shelves.

    Vinnie and Natalie say their goal was just to make a good product, not set the beer world on fire. Which makes it even more surprising that they did it again.

    Watch Garvin Thomas' report above.

    Editor's note: In the video report above we incorrectly referred to the American Homebrewers Association as the Homebrewers Association of America. We apologize for the error.