Friday, April 11, 2008

The Pliny and the Pity

Two days, two taps, two Pliny’s. That’s what we’re down to here in the ‘burbs. Unless someone has something hiding there are two kegs of Pliny left for quite some time in these parts. While construction, mail order, and distribution are picking up and giving Russian River a well deserved spreading of their wares, we East Coasters will have to sit back and wish them well.

You could, of course, go to Savor and catch Pliny and Supplication, but as far as tavern accounts go, the word on the street is that we got nada for a while.

So if you want to get in on this hopped up wonder of a beer, then you best make your way to The Drafting Room, Spring House or Ortino’s Northside on the 12th and 18th of this apey month, respectively.

The Drafting Room is having Pliny guest star amongst a host of lumulites this Saturday at their 3rd annual Hops Fest. The list is ‘killer’ as you’ll hear me say most times we’re drinking good beer together. See for yourself:

Green Flash West Coast IPA
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Drafting Room 13th Anniversary Ale
Lagunitas Maximus
Bear Republic Racer 5
Dogfish Head Aprihop
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Victory Harvest Pils
Avery the Maharaja
Dock Street Rye IPA
Sly Fox Sterling
Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen
Boulder Mojo Risin
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Founders Devil Dancer
Troegs Nugget Nectar (Cask Conditioned)

Plus Great Lakes will have a surprise keg-o-somethin’.

Lets focus for a second here…Pliny, Houblon, plus Nugget Nectar on cask. This is merely the tip of my iceberg friends. That’s a healthy dose of humulone, holmes.

So from there we’ve got to take a look at Big John O’s, Ortino’s Northside.

At a 4pm Friday tapping of this as yet unnamed event the swankiest of the Schwenk will tap a year old Founder’s Dirty Bastard (shimmy shimmy ya), Stone’s delicious 11th Anniversary Black IPA, Pliny The Elder and a few other so far-unannounced beers as well. Last time I was in they had Bruscella on tap and Dulle Teve bottles priced in a most friendly way. I can count in years how long it’s been since I’ve had anything to eat at the Northside, so I am looking forward some great food to go along with these superb offerings.

But then what? Well if you’ve got friends in warm places and haven’t already worked a deal with them then your boat has sailed my friend. Russian River’s mail order stash of Beatification, Supplication, and Temptation is no longer available. I suppose we’ll just be watching these bottles of Damnation dribble away until our river runs dry, as they say.


Kevin said...

I hear that the PtE will be in bottles starting this brewing year and hopefully in the Philly are come mid summer.


Dr Joel said...

Last word i heard was end of summer, either way it'll be great to have Pliny around. It'll be interesting to see how much and how often. I like your timeline though Kevin, the sooner the better.