Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Have You Been 'Youngered' Yet?
It's back, and people everywhere are going crazy, trying to find some on tap to try. Have you found any yet?
Back in a post that's now nearly a year old, I'd explained that I don't generally go around 'chasing' Pliny. However, that statement generally applied to Russian River Brewing's Pliny the Elder, which used to be far more difficult to find (but I can generally find it when I want it/when it comes around at Seattle's local bottle shops). Eventually, people realized that Pliny the Elder actually comes around every six weeks or so. It's not a 'rare' beer in that sense; it just tends to sell fairly quickly when it's around. In fact, many local bottle shops still have a 1 or 2 bottle per person per day limit, so they don't run out quite as quickly (there are a couple of other places with higher bottle limits, but I have to keep some secrets to myself, don't I?)
Since it's only available on-tap, however, Pliny the Younger is far more elusive and difficult to find. Even if you do come across a Facbook post or Tweet from a bar or tavern saying the just put some on tap, unless you're about 5 minutes away when you read that post, the chances of any Younger being left when you get there are slim to none.
The last time Brouwer's Cafe put on a keg of Pliny the Younger (a 1/6th barrel - about 5 gallons), it was completely drained in under 7 minutes. And last night, while chatting with Don Webb down at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, he mentioned that the last keg of Younger they put on was drained in 6 minutes. Basically, they left the tap handle fully open & just kept bringing glasses.
I've never had Pliny the Younger myself. But I'd like to change that. And it looks like I may be getting my chance soon. Word on the street is that Naked City will be tapping a keg of the elusive Younger at 2:00PM today (2/15), and the Parkway Tavern in Tacoma will be taping a keg tomorrow (2/16) at 7:00PM. If you have the desire to try Pliny the Younger and the means to get to either of these places in time for the keg taping, I encourage you to do so.
I also have a 'ticket' for a 'guaranteed' taste of the Younger at The Last Drop Bottle Shop up by Lake City Way. Last week, they started selling tickets for pours of Pliny the Younger. They'll be tapping the keg at 4:00PM on 2/18 and you have to be there by/before 4:30 or they have the right to give your pour away. Unfortunately, if you're only learning about this now, you can't get a ticket for Last Drop. They sold out in 1-2 days. If you're feeling adventerous, however, - you could try and show up without a ticket & pray that someone who bought one can't make it!
I hope these tips can help you find some Pliny the Younger. If you miss out, keep an open eye and ear. These three places aren't the only places with kegs of Pliny the Younger to tap - and a few places (like The Publican) already tapped theirs last week - but perhaps they have more. There's no way for us to know.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.