In February, one of Russian River Brewing Co.’s most famous creations will be available in bottles for the first time ever.
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. In the past, the IPA has been available only once a year exclusively on draft, but the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based brewery has released a statement confirming that 2020 will mark the debut of the ale in 510ml bottles.
“It is important for us to find ways to add to our guest’s experience, especially for those who come year after year,” reads a post on Russian River’s website. “We are excited to announce that Pliny the Younger 2020 will include something we have never done before, and said we would likely never do.”
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.
According to Russian River, 510ml bottles ($10) of Pliny the Younger will be sold only to people who visit the brewery’s Santa Rosa and Windsor locations in starting on Feb. 7, 2020, with each person limited to just two bottles each. In addition, no bottles will be sold at the brewery’s gift shops and no bottles will be distributed, but as has historically been the case, the IPA will be available on draft throughout the state of California and a limited number of other markets starting on Feb. 7.