Thousands of people celebrated the 15th annual release of the Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Younger at their Windsor and Santa Rosa locations on Friday, with the rare craft beer providing a new twist to the enthusiastic crowd.
An offshoot of Russian River’s award winning Pliny the Elder, the Younger is so hard to make that the beer is a rare find throughout the year. The triple IPA has three times the amount of hops as the elder (and stronger at 10.25% ABV), making its batches small and brewed once per year.
This year, the beer has a little different taste than years past. The brewery celebrated the release and explained the new taste in a Instagram post:
The Pliny the Younger Fans, many of whom sat in line beginning around 7 am the day of the release, noted a slightly different taste to the beer this year.
“It’s fabulous,” Dave Payne told the Press Democrat. “The finish is smoother. It has got a lot more floral.”
If you’re trying to score a pint of the delicious craft beer, good luck. It’s only available for two weeks in February at very limited locations. The best bet to find the beer is to visit Russian River’s Santa Rosa or Windsor locations. But if you’re willing to make the trek, you won’t be disappointed.
As the Food Editor and Co-Founder of Eating NorCal, Brien O’Brien is one of the most influential foodies in NorCal. After being named the “14th Best Home Cook in America” in 2017 by the FOX television show MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay, he moved to the Napa Valley where he spent a year and a half studying food and wine at the Culinary Institute of America. Now, he resides in the Farm to Fork Capital of America – Sacramento.