Granted we are 6 weeks away, but Russian River Brewing Co. just announced their 2010 release date for Pliny the Younger. 11:00 AM on Friday, February 5, 2010–> mark it on your calenders, buy your plane tickets, rent a car and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sonoma County and get there at 10:45AM.
It gets better! Previous releases of this triple IPA were confined to draft to pint action. This year, growlers will be filled and sold for patrons to enjoy “the Younger” for at least a day or two after the release. Remember: Due to CA state law, only Russian River growlers can be filled. No outside containers can or will be filled.
Estimated time of departure of this beer from the brewery’s tap list: 7 days from intial pour.
The following cities should keep an eye out for a keg of Pliny the Younger at ONE of their favorite beer bars: Portland, Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia and somewhere in Southern California.
Along with the release of Pliny the Younger, Russian River will release the following Belgium delights (a Russian River specialty) in bottles for the first time: Sanctification (100% Brettanomyces fermented beer) and a brand spanking new batch of 004 Supplication, a brown ale. Oh the possibilities!
History Lesson: Pliny the Younger is/was not a fictitious character as he was born in Italy during the year, 61 AD. He went on to become a lawyer, author and magistrate. Pliny the Younger’s father figure was his uncle, Pliny the Elder who was an author, naturalist, and natural philosopher as well as naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire and personal friend of the emperor Vespasian. The Elder died while watching Mount Vesuvius erupt. What a way to go!
Beer Lesson: Pliny the Younger is hopped three times more than Russian River’s standard IPA, and is dry hopped four different times. Its a hop EXPLOSION! Pliny the Elder is an imperial/ double IPA and is brewed with 40% more malt and over twice the amount of hops as compared to their already hoppy IPA (information in part due to the courtesy of Russian River’s website)
Beer Blotter is seriously contemplating a trip to Russian River for the release. 55.2 miles outside of the great city of San Francisco, this brewery is Mecca. Go there, get some amazing beer and please, report back to Beer Blotter.