Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing Company’s 10.25 percent ABV triple IPA, was featured on another local tap Thursday afternoon. One of the coveted 5-gallon kegs was tapped at Burgers & Brew in Davis on Thursday afternoon. Lines began forming around noon, although at 2 p.m. there were just around 70 people. Burgers & Brew had given Pliny enthusiasts plenty of time to prepare – they had posted the release date and time already on Monday on their Facebook page – so there was plenty of talk of rearranging work schedules. It might come as a surprise, but beer lovers can be quite organized and resourceful when it comes to limited-release brews.
Around 4 p.m. it seemed that the keg was running dry, and those still in line began to meander off sadly. All in all, the situation wasn’t bad, even a few that came as late as 3 p.m. got a taste. The last 5-ounce pour was given to the three people still standing hopefully in line. The pour was shared happily.
Each customer got one 5-ounce pour for $2 – enough to taste, but nothing more. Burgers & Brew was also pouring Pliny the Elder, Firestone Walker Double Double Barrel Aged and Black Butte XXIV, as well as numerous other great beers, so at least thirsty patrons had something to turn to once the Younger was gone.
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