Countdown to Philly Beer Week, T-minus 3 days: Russian River Damnation

By Eric San Juan
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Philly Beer Week, the citywide celebration of suds we wait all year for, kicks off May 30! PW is counting down the days with Eric San Juan's daily spotlight of great craft beers everyone should get to know better.

California’s legendary Russian River brewery is best known for one of the world’s most highly regarded beers, Pliny the Elder, and their roster of amazing sour beers, so you’d be forgiven if a simple Belgian golden ale didn’t sound very impressive to you. Your loss, because this is a beer that can go toe-to-toe with Duvel, the definitive Belgian golden ale. Bananas and pears greet the nose, lightly toasted bread and grassy fields greet the tongue, and pure satisfaction is the result. The beer is more gently carbonated than Duvel, giving Damnation a smooth drinkability that allows you to luxuriate in the subtle taste of fruit, candy, and herbs. A faintly tart finish caps things off, making Damnation a beer any fan of this style should try. Get your glass full at Monk’s.

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