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Pliny the Younger is one of the most sought-after beers in the world. This triple IPA is released on the first Friday in February at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, and attracts lines of people willing to wait 8+ hours for a chance to try this monster of a beer. Luckily for us in San Diego, a few select bars around town are provisioned with a keg or two of the good stuff beginning a couple of weeks after the initial release. Kegs are drained usually within an hour or two of tapping, so to score a glass you’re going to need to know when and where the kegs will be tapped.

In order to try Pliny the Younger in San Diego you’ll need to go to a bar serving the beer at the moment they tap their kegs. Because this is a highly sought-after beer, most bars seek to reward loyal fans by only advertising when they’ll be tapping their keg(s) via their newsletter distribution (most likely) or through their social media channels. For your best bet at trying Pliny the Younger we recommend both signing up for the newsletter for each of the following venues, and also following their Instagram (links provided)

More about Pliny the Younger

This beer currently sits at #7 on Beer Advocates list of the top 250 beers in the world, but due to limited supplies, and the fact Russian River does not bottle or can this beer, can make it challenging to try to get a glass. Also, this beer is only available for a couple of weeks in early February, and most bars that receive allotments locally will only get a keg or two, and those in-the-know will line up in advance to get a taste.

“Pliny the Younger, the man, was Pliny the Elder’s nephew and adopted son. They lived nearly 2,000 years ago! Pliny the Elder is our Double IPA, so we felt it was fitting to name our Triple IPA after his son. It is almost a true Triple IPA with triple the amount of hops as a regular I.P.A. That said, it is extremely difficult, time and space consuming, and very expensive to make. And that is why we don’t make it more often! This beer is very full-bodied with tons of hop character in the nose and throughout. It is also deceptively well-balanced and smooth.” – source

San Diego Bars are Expected to Start Tapping their Kegs of Pliny the Younger beginning the week of February 12th in 2018

URGE Gastropub Rancho Bernardo

Location (Rancho Bernardo):
16761 Bernardo Ctr. Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128 (map)

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Toronado

Location (North Park):
4026 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104(map)

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O’Briens Pub

Location (Kearny Mesa):
4646 Convoy St.
San Diego, CA 92111 (map)

AVAILABLE STARTING:
First keg at 3PM on Saturday the 17th.
Charity keg is Thursday the 15th at 4PM ($25, limit 2, cash only)

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Hamiltons

Location (South Park):
1521 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92102 (map)

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LET'S GET REEEEAAAADY TOOOO RUUUUUMMMMMBLE! Here it is folks… The return of the annual Heavyweight South Park Showdown… THE HAMILTONS TRIPLE IPA THROWDOWN!!! 15 incredible Triple IPA contenders taking on the mighty Pliny The Younger from @russianriverbrewco in a 100% blind taste test and you can be a judge to help determine the 2018 Champion! Each ticket grants you a seat at our judging table(s) plus VIP skip-the-line access to our official Pliny The Younger tapping at 1pm the same day AND a full pour of PTY! The tasting/judging runs from 10am to 1pm on Sunday 2/25 and tickets are only $50 with a portion of proceeds going to Russian River's #sonomapride fund for Northern CA fire victims. Tickets are available only from your friendly neighbor Hamiltons bartender at the bar, cash only, first come first serve… Don't delay, this will sell out quickly!

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Blind Lady Alehouse

Location (Normal Heights):
3416 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116 (map)

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Tiger! Tiger!

Location (North Park):
3025 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104 (map)

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Pizza Port Carlsbad

Location (Carlsbad):
571 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008 (map)

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Encinitas Ale House

Location (Encinitas):
1044 S Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024 (map)

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Newport Pizza & Ale House

Location (Ocean Beach):
5050 Newport Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107 (map)

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Live Wire

Location (University Heights):
2103 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104 (map)

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Neighborhood

Location (Downtown):
777 G St.
San Diego, CA 92101 (map)

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SD Tap Room

Location (Pacific Beach):
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Stone World Bistro & Gardens

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Small Bar

Location (University Heights):
4628 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116 (map)

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The Regal Beagle

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Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle

Location (Shelter Island):
1776 Shelter Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106 (map)