|Some may say that planning a mini-vacation around the release of a beer is crazy. Those people don't know my husband and I, and clearly they don't know good beer. Months ago we vacationed with friends in Bodega Bay and took a day trip to Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa to try one of our favorite beers: Pliny the Elder. Soon after that trip we found out about Pliny the Younger, and that it would be released for two weeks in February. A Triple IPA? Another trip? Um, yeah, we're game.... and it was booked. |
"Fourteen Days of Younger" it is called. I wish I could say we all felt younger after we left the brewery, but sadly the day after we felt like a bunch of Elders that tried to act like we were Younger! Perhaps that headache was a reminder of why one should not partake in too many beers that boast a 10.5% ABV? Do we regret it? Heck no, we're ready to book our next trip!
|As much as we were there for the Younger, Russian River Brewery had 22 beers on tap when we were there. They had so many beers available for their favorite customers that they couldn't fit them all in their beer sampler. So many favorites available! We recommend sampling Blind Pig, the Pliny's (both of them), Segel Select (if you like hops), Rejection (their Black Pale Ale- great for folks who like Pale Ales AND Stouts), and Supplication, Temptation and Consecration for you Sour beer lovers (which we are...they are yummy...stock up when you are here).|
|Elder, meet Younger. Younger, meet Elder. Of course we had to compare Pliny the Elder(left) to Pliny the Younger (right). As much as I love the Elder, I have to admit that the Younger was totally worth a weekend away from Sacramento to go and try. So much so that I will be on the hunt next week to try and find it here in Sacramento during Sacramento Beer Week (ahem, if you're going to The Art of Beer event, I'll be volunteering there! And if you're going to Sacramento Brewers Showcase or Capital Brewfest- we'll be drunk there!)|
|More beers, 8 growlers To-Go of Damnation, Rejection and a whole lotta Pliny the Elder (Argh- I wish they'd fill the growlers with Younger!), a bunch of food in our bellies, and we were on our way back to the beach house in Bodega Bay. |
If you're ever in Santa Rosa, you must come here. If you're ever within an hour of Santa Rosa, you must come here. And to somewhat keep this blog post gardening related, if you are attending The Heirloom Exposition here in Santa Rosa (Sept 11-13th, 2012), you must come here! See you in September! You'll know where to find me :)