It’s legend is inescapable. It is one of the most talked-about and sought-after craft beers, and soon the kettles will fire on the 2013 batch of Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Younger.
There are only a handful of American beers that generate the type of hype that Pliny the Younger does. Last year there were raffles for a goblet of the potent triple IPA at Library Alehouse and Beachwood BBQ. The beer is a fan-favorite (and often rated as the best beer in the world), but because of the expense and difficulty of actually brewing the beer only a small quantity is made by Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo each year.
Russian River has posted some information about the 2013 edition of PtY:
Pliny the Younger will be released at our brewpub in Downtown Santa Rosa on February 1st, 2013 (always the first Friday in February)! Younger will be available on tap in 10 ounce glasses (no growlers or bottles) for 2 weeks, or 14 days. We will allocate a certain amount each day until we run out for the day. Last year we had very few days where we ran out at all! The last day we will have it at the pub will be February 14th.
As far as distribution is concerned, we usually start distributing a small amount of kegs to our accounts and distributors right after we release it at the pub. We are planning to brew the same amount this year and release the same quantities for distribution, but who gets what is yet to be determined. First batch of Younger will be brewed this Thursday at the pub!
We’ll keep you posted on the distribution details as we find out more, but you can expect crowds, lines, and commotion at each of the LA spots to score a keg of The Younger.
Have you tried the rare triple IPA from Russian River? Does it live up to the hype? Could any beer live up to the level of hype that PtY gets? Do you plan on going “whale hunting” and standing in line for a pour of Pliny?
Jump to the details of when the following bars and restaurants will be tapping their kegs:
Update 1/18/13: Beachwood BBQ
Details have been posted about Beachwood BBQ’s 2nd Annual Pliny Fight Cancer Charity Raffle! The two locations of Beachwood will be raffling off 130 pints of the triple IPA with all proceeds benefitting the Melanoma Research Foundation.
You need to stop by either the Seal Beach or Downtown Long Beach location to buy a $5 (cash only) raffle ticket, and the drawing for the 130 winners will be held on February 18th and live streamed on the New Brew Thursday webcast. Winners then have 10 days to claim their pints after the drawing!
Update 1/31/13: Haven Gastropub
Tomorrow is the big day! In addition to the Beachwood BBQ raffle release, and thanks to OC Beer Blog we know that Haven Gastropub locations in Pasadena and Orange will be tapping their kegs on February 18th and 19th respectively!
We’ll provide more details on PtY tappings in the LA area as we hear about them.
Update 2/6/13: 38 Degrees
38 Degrees in Alhambra has announced their plans for the Pliny the Younger release (Facebook Event link)! You’ll be able to line-up starting at 10am on Saturday, February 16th for a $14 flight of four Russian River beers. They will be pouring Blind Pig IPA, Pliny the Elder, and one special TBD brew in addition to the main-draw of Pliny the Younger, and they expect to be able to serve-up around 300 flights!
Update 2/13/13: Mohawk Bend
Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend will be tapping their keg o’ Pliny on Tuesday, February 19th (Facebook link). In addition to happy hour appetizer specials they will be pouring 6-oz glasses of PtY for $6.50, or flights of both Plinys and Blind Pig. Make reservations for dinner or hit the bar for your does of tripple IPA.
Update 2/14/13: Tony’s Darts Away
Details are currently slim, but according to Facebook TDA will be serving up Pliny the Younger at on Sunday the 17th beginning at 1pm.
Update 2/15/13: The Surly Goat
West Hollywood’s Surly Goat Tavern will be tapping kegs of both Plinys, Blind Pig, Supplication, Temptation, and Sanctification at 6pm on Thursday the 21st!
Update 2/19/13: Blue Palms Brewhouse
We kindly ask that you respect our desire to turn a yearly frenzy of excitement over this one keg of beer into something that positively affects our local community. You get to drink an amazing beer AND support Los Angeles Police Activities League – a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic and other recreational activities to cement a bond between police officers and the youth in our community.
Sounds good to us!