Hello my beer dears! I’m going hunting! No, not for you (though some new beer friends would be fun). I’m gonna get me my first taste of some Pliny the Younger, the second in a series to one of the few IPAs I actually like.
As many of you may know, Russian River Brewing, in Santa Rosa, Calif., has a notable flagship brew, Pliny the Elder, a double IPA that’ll kick you kindly in the face. Who are Pliny the Elder and Younger? Yes, they were real people. Check out their respective Wiki pages here and here.
Anyway, every first Friday of February, RR does a limited release of PTY, a triple IPA that kicks you a little less kindly in the face, but supposedly well worth the wait.
Fortunately, RR likes to share and sends small (and I mean SMALL) amounts to select locations! You’ll get a few days, a few hours, or sometimes no notice at all, of when it’s tapped, and fortunately for you, I also like to share (my research).
Lines can get Black Friday-esque, so good luck and get on it; otherwise, you’re not getting any Younger. #seewhatididthere
Churchill’s Pub & Grille (San Marcos), March 1, 11:00am: it will be included in their Renaissance Anniversary and Finest Hour release. I’ve heard some wait overnight for this.
Encinitas Ale House, February 24, 4:00pm: confirmed on their event page, which coincides with their Rare Beer Mondays, but I see pictures on their Facebook page of people enjoying it yesterday. No one picked up on my call, so it’s a dice roll here, folks.
The Neighborhood (Downtown SD), February 24, 5:oopm: yup… that’s TODAY! I just called and there is currently no line, sooo… GO… GO NOW!
SD Tap Room (Pacific Beach), February 26, 5:00pm: their second tapping is the same as their first: first come, first served for the first 100 people in line.
Blind Lady Ale House: BLAH already sold out for their charity event, but who knows if they’ll have a separate keg for the public.
Live Wire: they did a tapping last year, I believe, but no word on it this year. PS. Their answering machine greeting is… unique…
O’Brien’s Pub: yes, they, too, already tapped a keg this past weekend, and the second tap is Wednesday for a sold-out charity event. Keep a close eye on their enews or social media updates!
Stone Brewery: they’re the distributors for RR here in SD, so they should have the most to give. They did sell out next month’s Beer & Cigar Dinner, which includes a PTY pairing, so I would guess a public release sometime around there.
Urge Gastropub: they are confirmed to have it, but is giving away nothing as to when. They will definitely post to their social media feeds, so look out there! Their Twitter page has a picture of The Elder. Cute. =)
All Tapped Out:
Please comment if you know of any I missed!