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Pliny the Younger Watch 2019!

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It’s that time of year when Russian River Brewing’s much-hyped triple IPA Pliny the Younger makes its way to Oregon (OK, mostly just the Portland-area). This year Russian River Brewing upped production on PtY, (the bigger brother of Pliny the Elder) and instead of the 1/6 barrels that were tapped last year, it sounds like everyone has 1/2 barrels.

Russian River on the 2019 release of Pliny the Younger:

Pliny the Younger is considered a “triple” IPA, simply meaning that it is higher in alcohol and has tons of hops. The alcohol should finish at about 10.25%, although it is remarkably dry for the amount of malt used in the recipe. It is loaded with hop flavors, bitterness, and aromatics. The hops used in this year’s recipe are of excellent quality from the 2018 harvest: Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, CTZ, Chinook, Crystal, and Citra.  We brewed Younger for the first time in 2005 as a winter seasonal, building upon the Pliny the Elder recipe while pushing the envelope with malt, hops, and alcohol just to see how far we could go! It is always brewed only once a year and released the first Friday in February, rain or shine.

ROGUE EASTSIDE PUB & PILOT BREWERY (formerly the GREEN DRAGON)

On March 5 at 5pm Rogue Eastside will have 6 beers from Russian River, including Pliny the Younger. Tickets will be sold in advance for the full flight (price TBD.)  928 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

  • Pliny the Younger
  • Pliny the Elder
  • Sanctification
  • Consecration
  • STS Pils
  • Damnation

BANTAM TAVERN

Northwest Portland’s new beer bar Bantam Tavern is tapping a small 1/6 bbl of Pliny the Younger today, Wed. February 20th at 3pm. 922 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

INTERURBAN

N. Mississippi Ave.’s Interurban tavern has a 1/2 barrel of the Younger at 4pm today 2/20 but saving half that keg and pouring the other half tomorrow 2/21 at 4pm. 4057 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

APEX

The biker-beer bar tapped their Pliny the Younger on Tuesday, it’s probably all gone but who knows. 1216 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

HIGGINS

The downtown farm-t0-table restaurant is known for their great beer selection and annual tapping of Pliny the Younger which will happen sometime today, Wednesday, February 20th in their bar. Also check out their 25th Anniversary festivities coming up. 1239 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

BELMONT STATION

Will tap their keg of Pliny the Younger tomorrow, Thursday February 21st along with some other Russian River Brewing beers. Times have not been announced. 4500 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

THE BIER STEIN

The great Eugene taproom and bottleshop is selling advanced tickets for their Pliny the Younger tapping on Monday, February 25th. More info and tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/800393387026368/

SIDE STREET TAVERN

Southeast Belmont Street’s great and under-appreciated Side Street Tavern will tap its keg of PtY on Thursday, February 28th at 7pm alongside kegs of Russian River Damnation and Pliny the Elder.  SE 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

ROSCOE’S

The great Montavilla neighborhood beer bar will tap Pliny the Younger on Monday, February 25th at 5pm with other triple IPA goodies! 8105 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

SARAVEZA

N. Portland’s classic Saraveza taproom, bottleshop and pasty tavern will tap their keg of the Younger next Tuesday, February 26th. 1004 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

BAILEYS TAPROOM/THE UPPER LIP

Above Bailey’s Taproom, The Upper Lip will be tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger sometime this week. They are keeping mum on exactly when. 720 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97205

the real Pliny the Younger

Stay tuned for updates and more locations and times to be added!

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

1 Comment

  1. Doug Welty

    February 26, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Can we buy your beer any where on the east coast, maybe Raleigh NC? If you do have any vendors east of the Mississippi can you please let me know.

    Thank you.

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