When Russian River Brewing Company got word that PG&E would likely be shutting off power near its main North Bay brewhouse, there was just one solution: "We rented this giant 2-megawatt generator (which is major overkill but all that was left) to run the entire Windsor brewery."

More than 250,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers in the Bay Area will lose power beginning Wednesday, as the utility company aims to take preventative measures to avoid a major wildfire in the region. Substantial portions of Northern California are currently vulnerable to a fire disaster, exacerbated by the potential for high winds.

But as of Wednesday morning, there's no wind in Windsor, Russian River co-owner Natalie Cilurzo tells SFGATE. PG&E cut off power to the large main brewhouse at around 4 a.m., but by 7:30 a.m., an electrician had the power back on using a massive generator the brewery rented at a rate of $30,000 for four weeks. Russian River was lucky in that it didn't have a planned brew day today, but as Cilurzo says, there were other things for which to prepare.

"We are actually having a pretty light day here in Windsor and just cleaning in the brewery," Cilurzo says. "Tomorrow we are filtering, and the next day brewing and bottling. That said, we still have plenty of beer in the middle of fermentation right now which was one of our main concerns ... The generator has served its purpose by ensuring that there was no interruption to production or service in the pub, as well as preserving any beer in process."

Russian River's Windsor taproom is currently open, as is its Santa Rosa brewpub, though the latter may be subject to close pending a PG&E power shutdown.

The brewery is not alone in its effort to provide patrons a place to charge electronics, get a meal or otherwise regroup during the outage. Discretion in Soquel is remaining open, as is Original Pattern in Oakland and Armistice in Richmond. Fieldwork, similarly, is keeping all taprooms open except for its Napa location, inside the Oxbow Public Market: "Our space is your space if you need to work, get online or charge your devices."

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Alyssa Pereira is an SFGate digital editor. Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @alyspereira