Well folks, it is just about that time of the year again for Pliny the Younger to make it’s very rare and very antisipated appearance! For those of you who do not know, Pliny the Younger is one of the most difficult beers to come by. Only a handful of breweries and pubs will receive a keg of it and most of those will sell out of it within just a few hours.
Per Russian River Brewing Company, Pliny the Younger is categorized as a Triple IPA with and ABV of 10.25%. It is very dry for the amount of malt used in the recipe, and it is loaded with hoppy flavor and bitterness. The hops used in the 2014 recipe are Simcoe, Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, and Tomahawk.
If you are live near Santa Rosa, CA then the Russian River brew pub is your best bet for getting you hands on a glass. Unfortunately they will not do a growler fill of it, so drink up and enjoy before they run out of their daily allocation. It is available at the brew-pub from February 7th – 20th.
If you happen to live in the Orange County, CA area you can try your luck at the Tustin Brewing Co, who is kicking off their Russian River Week Celebration starting on February 17th. Here is some information on the even from the Tustin Brewer: “Here at TBC, the most wonderful time of year is Russian River Week. The release of Russian River Pliny the Younger is obviously enough to celebrate on it’s own, however, we like to take it up a notch. We will be showering you with as much Russian River beer as possible. The hits, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Row 2 Hill 56, and a slew of the beloved “tions.” We can’t determine each year how much we will be able to hoard, but we do know we will have more Russian River than anyone else in the OC. Oh yes, I know you’re all asking yourselves…Pliny the Younger will be released Wednesday, February 19th. Event details to follow…”
I am going to do my best get secure my goblet of Pliny the Younger this year and wish the rest of you the best of luck in getting a glass as well!