Natalie Cilurzo


Russian River Brewing Company

Natalie is the co-owner of Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa and Windsor, California. She and her husband, Vinnie, took over the brand, all beer names and recipes, and some equipment from Korbel Champagne Cellars in 2003. Prior to that she was involved at arms-length with Vinnie’s Blind Pig Brewing Company in Temecula and spent 19 years in the wine industry. Over the past 16 years, she and Vinnie have grown their business organically, while developing a strong consumer following for their hoppy ales and sour barrel-aged beers. Natalie has developed skills and experience in all things related to operating a brewpub, working with wholesalers and accounts, human resources, finance, marketing, and more. She also loves philanthropy and giving back to the community. In 2018, the pair completed construction on their new dream brewery in Windsor, California. Always an advocate for the craft beer industry, she takes particular interest in legal issues such as bootlegging, intellectual property, and franchise law. Natalie has proudly served on the Board of Directors for the California Craft Brewers Association for the past nine years, including two years as Board Chair.