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Where to Find Pliny the Younger in Philadelphia (2012 Edition)

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Where to Find Pliny the Younger in Philadelphia (2012 Edition)

Each March, California’s Russian River Brewing stirs up quite a storm in Philadelphia. Their limited release Pliny the Younger is one of the most highly-rated beers of all time, and it is only available in limited quantites in our area. In fact, in past years, Philly has been the only East Coast city to receive shipments.

The bars that do manage to obtain a Pliny the Younger sixtel are usually mobbed with beer geeks angling to get a sip of the 10.5% ABV triple IPA (Russian River’s double IPA is called Pliny the Elder, after the ancient Roman naturalist, so they named their triple after his nephew). When these sixtels are tapped, they can be drained in less than an hour, so if you plan to get your taste, it’s important to know where and when this will happen. UPDATE: Events that have already passed are now at the bottom of the post.

Tuesday, March 20

Saturday, March 24

  • 3:30 PM: Via Marconi's, 1758 Allentown Rd., Lansdale; $8 tickets on sale now, available only in person at the bar

Sunday, March 25

  • 8 PM: Varga Bar is holding a black-tie-only affair; the top 5 users to check in to Facebook each Sunday in March during rare beer tappings will be invited to a special VIP tasting with photographers and a red carpet out at 7 PM, tasting at 7:45 PM (h/t Eater Philly)

Tuesday, April 3

Other bars that reportedly have taken delivery of Pliny the Younger shipments this year:

We’re keeping a running list, and let us know if you hear anything new!


Bars that have already kicked their kegs (some with little to no advance notice):

Sunday, March 4

  • 5 PM: Khyber Pass Pub; 45 tickets go on sale for $15 per person (limit 2) for a tulip to be tapped at 11 AM on Wednesday, March 7; all proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Public Library

Monday, March 5

  • 11:30 AM: tapping at Monk’s Cafe; $10 per 6-oz. pour; all proceeds will go to Alex's Lemonade Stand
  • 4 PM: Tria Wash West; $8.50 tickets for the 10-oz. pours sold out this morning after being offered exclusively to email subscribers
  • 6 PM: $8 tickets on sale at the bar at City Tap House (limit one per person), good for a single 8-oz pour; tapping at 7 PM (h/t Foobooz)

Tuesday, March 6

Wednesday, March 7

Friday, March 9

Tuesday, March 13

Sunday, March 18

Monday, March 19

  • 11:30 AM: Local 44; the event is a preview to the grand opening of their Bottle Shop, located right next door

Photo via Flickr user --Mark--


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