Most fans of Russian River Brewing Co.’s most famous IPA around the country will have to wait to enjoy the beer on draft, but a limited number of bottles will still be shipped within the brewery’s home state.
That beer is Pliny the Younger, a 10.25 percent ABV triple IPA brewed with a rotating hop bill that was first released as a winter seasonal in 2005. According to a post on Russian River’s website, the vast majority of the draft version will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, although a very limited amount will be distributed “to a handful of accounts” while distribution of the lion’s share of the draft release “will be unknown until the very last minute.”
“Like most major beer releases and other special events during this COVID-era, we are hitting the pause button on our annual 2021 Pliny the Younger release,” reads a post on Russian River’s website. “While we are sad to miss seeing our loyal friends and fans from around the world, it has become clear that it will not be safe for us to gather again by February 2021. Furthermore, neither of our pubs have been allowed to reopen for indoor dining since we closed in March 2020 due to the unrelenting spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.”
However, some fans in the state of California will still be able to buy the famous IPA, as Russian River plans to sell a limited number of bottles on its website “for a limited time late January, early February, date TBD.”
The 510ml bottles that debuted last year will be returning, but they will only be sold packaged in a mixed sampler that include four bottles of Pliny the Younger as well as two each of “a few other fun RRBC beers.” Those samplers will only be shipped within the state of California due to “cost, compliance and legal reasons” and bottles will not be sold at the brewery or at any retail partner.
The Santa Rosa, Calif.-based brewery also produces another beer named Pliny the Elder, an 8 percent ABV double IPA brewed with Amarillo, centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops.