It’s almost March, 2013 and to a certain subset of the population that means it is Pliny the Younger Frenzy time. The once a year lunacy regarding Russian River’s triple IPA is gathering steam. The beer was tapped Friday, February 1st at the Santa Rosa, California brewery. From there the beer fans out across the west and then to a single destination east of the Mississippi, Philadelphia.
All indications are that Philadelphia will be receiving a similar allotment to last year. which means that about around 27 local bars can expect a sixtel, or in the case of some other lucky bars, a half-barrel keg.
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How do you keep from letting rainy Mondays get you down? You head to Tria’s Spruce Street location where they’re tapping beers from two of their favorite breweries. Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew returns. It’s three parts Imperial Stout and one part African honey beer with gesho root, and commemorate the Miles Davis’s fusion jazz album of the same name.
Tria is also tapping a rare keg of Russian River Temptation. Temptation is a strong golden ale aged in French Chardonnay casks with wild yeasts and makes beer dorks squeal.
It all starts at 4 p.m. Dogfish Head Bitches Brew is $8 for a 10 ounce draft and Russian River Temptation is $8.50 for a 10 ounce draft.
Tria Cafe [Officials Site]
Monk’s Cafe is at it again with their Mad Mondays. This time, they’ve gone Russian, Russian River that is. Fundraising for Natalie’s Breast Cancer Charity, they’ve pulled out all the stops with several beers hand-picked for your drinking pleasure. Head over there as soon as you can, because the line is already out the door.
The Russian River Beer List »
The Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar is hosting a Russian River Beer Dinner on Thursday, July 19th and 7 p.m. The five-course, five beer, $95 per person dinner will feature dishes like grilled oysters and roasted pig paired with some of Russian River’s best and most sour beers. Chef Eben Copple’s menu will include produce harvested directly from the Yardley Inn’s Riverside Kitchen Garden.
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On Monday, March 19th at 3 p.m. the Bottle Shop at Local 44 will open. The bottle shop will stock nearly 500 beers, almost 498 more bottles than Local 44 offers (the next door bar only stocks Orval and a gluten free beer by the bottle).
To celebrate the grand opening of the Bottle Shop, owners Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida have a hat trick of specials planned. At Local 44, it will be a special day of Russian River; Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Supplication and Consecration on draft. That all kicks off at 11:30 a.m.
Then when the doors to the Bottle Shop at Local 44 open at 3 p.m. there will be a complimentary cask of Yards ESA pouring.
Also at 3 p.m., just when all that Russian River beer should be kicking, Victory Brewing will be bringing in an impressive selection of their beers.
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Pliny the Younger fever is heating up as the rare and highly sought after Russian River beer was delivered to local bars yesterday. City Tap House’s Andy Farrell tweeted a photo of the white whale of the beer world.
The beer is a triple IPA and its late winter release creates a nerdy hysteria across the country. The vast majority of the beer is distributed in California and the Pacific Northwest with some kegs making it to Denver. In past years Philadelphia has been the only East Coast city to receive shipments and it looks like that’s the case this year too (Take that DC, Boston, New York!). Farrell’s already fielded phone calls from Washington DC, Trenton and New Brunswick, New Jersey about his plans for tapping the sixtel.
Who gets to pour the beer is almost as geekily anticipated as who gets to drink it. This marks the first year that City Tap House will have a sixtel and of course Farrell and company are planning an event around the tapping.
UPDATE #7: We’ve moved our coverage to a listing format. Check it out here.
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Early this morning we received an email from Memphis Taproom that they were throwing a mini pop-up of Russian River beers today. On tap starting at 11:30 a.m., Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Damnation, Supplication, and Consecration.
Memphis Taproom [Official Site]