Here’s Where to Look for Pliny the Younger 2017

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These days, it’s not hard to come by hoards of beer enthusiasts waiting on 11-hour lines for the latest can release from a popular brewery. But before there were juicy, East Coast–style IPAs (and in fact, the reason those hazy, hoppy, lavishly melon- and tropical fruit-forward IPAs from breweries like Other Half, Trillium, and Hill Farmstead even have that regional distinction), there was Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing’s famed double IPA originally brewed in 2000, followed by his even more famous nephew, a triple IPA named Pliny the Younger.

Pliny the Younger (also referred to as PtY) is an extremely sought-after triple IPA released each of the past 14 years and widely considered to be the first commercially available triple IPA in existence. Brewed with literally three times the amount of hops of a typical IPA, the mythical Pliny the Younger is exceedingly difficult to make, taking more time, money, and space than other beers. Because of this, Russian River doesn’t make very much of it, but releases it once a year in time for San Francisco Beer Week (February 10–19, 2017) at its own brewpub, as well as at very few VIP accounts.

What this means for beer nerds is that Pliny the Younger is exceptionally hard to find, only available for a certain amount of time on tap at select locations that are not listed to the public “for several reasons,” according to a spokesperson.

This year, Men’s Journal has done a little research ahead of time to give our beer-drinking brethren and sister a bit of a head start on pinning down PtY, so you can spend less time looking and more time tasting that tantalizing, triple-hopped, 10 percent brew.

A few things of note: A Russian River spokesperson told us that although Pliny the Younger is traditionally released in time for San Francisco Beer Week and recommended to be served as fresh as possible, many accounts are only allotted one keg and may hold off on tapping their PtY until later in the month (or even next month). She also said that although accounts could not be shared, it will be available at many of the same locations as last year.

So, some of these dates/locations are confirmed, while others are very likely. Whatever the case, be cool, be courteous, and enjoy. At the end of the day, it’s just beer.

Pliny the Younger events:

Feb. 3–16: Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA)

Feb. 10: San Francisco Beer Week Opening Gala (Pier 48, San Francisco, CA)

Feb. 11: 17th Annual Double IPA Festival at the Bistro (Hayward, CA)

Feb. 18: Celebrator’s 29th Anniversary Party at Trumer Brauerei, (Berkeley, CA)

Bars definitely tapping Pliny the Younger:

● City Beer Store (San Francisco)

● Toronado (San Francisco)

● Pete’s Brass Rail and Car Wash (Danville, CA)

● Ben & Nick’s (Oakland)

“Popular Locations” for Pliny the Younger 2016, via Untappd:

● Russian River Brewing Company (Santa Rosa)

● The Bistro (Hayward, CA)

● The Trappist (Oakland)

● Caps & Taps (Dublin, CA)

● Mcgee's Bar (Alameda, CA)

● Almanac Tap Room (San Francisco)

● World of Beer (Denver)

More Locations With Many PtY 2016 Check-ins:

California

SD Tap Room (San Diego)

The Bottle Room (Whittier)

The Rose & Crown Pub (Palo Alto)

Churchill's Pub & Grille (San Marcos)

Haven Gastropub (Orange)

The Hopyard Alehouse & Grill (Pleasanton)

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Long Beach)

Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach)

Smoke Eaters (Santa Clara)

Barbara’s at the Brewery (Los Angeles)

Anthill Pub & Grille (Irvine)

Encinitas Ale House (Encinitas)

Hamilton's Tavern (San Diego)

Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop (Concord)

Burgers and Brew (Sacramento)

Father’s Office (Santa Monica)

Fibbar MaGees (Sunnyvale)

Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie (Agoura Hills)

The Library Alehouse (Santa Monica)

Lucky Baldwins Delirium Pub Cafe (Sierra Madre)

Mediterraneo (Hermosa Beach)

Selma's Chicago Pizzeria (Santa Margarita)

Fathom Bistro, Bait & Tackle (San Diego)

Samuel Horne's Tavern (Folsom)

Eureka! Claremont (Claremont)

The Daily Pint (Santa Monica)

Naja's Place (Redondo Beach)

Colorado

Euclid Halll Bar & Kitchen (Denver)

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver)

Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids (Longmond)

Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe (Denver)

Backcountry Pizza & Tap House (Boulder)

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (Highlands Ranch)

Freshcraft (Denver)

Michigan

Ashley's (Ann Arbor)

Oregon

Suds & Suds (Corvallis)

Apex (Portland)

Twist Wine Company (Pacific City)

The Bier Stein (Eugene)

Pennsylvania

Barcode (Philadelphia)

Bistro on Bridge (Phoenixville)

Blue Dog Family Tavern (Chalfont)

Bru Craft & Wurst (Philadelphia)

City Tap House (Philadelphia)

Heritage (Philadelphia)

The Mayor (Old Town)

McMenamin’s (Philadelphia)

The Pour House (North Wales)

Iron Abbey (Horsham)

Monk’s Cafe (Philadelphia)

The Pub on Passyunk East (Philadelphia)

Side Bar & Restaurant (West Chester)

Via Marconi Pizza Pub (Hatfield)

Teresa’s Next Door (Wayne)