It’s Pliny the Younger season here in Colorado, which means beer fans are foaming at the mouth trying to figure out when and where they need to be in order to secure themselves a pour of this amazing beer. Pliny the Younger (61-112 AD), nephew of Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author and administrator. This blog however is about beer, not ancient Roman history. To find all the information on Pliny that you could ever want, head over to wikipedia. For now though, we’re going to focus on the beer named after him.
Pliny the Younger, is a Triple IPA from Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, CA. That’s right, I said a TRIPLE IPA! It clocks in at a hefty 10.5% and is something to be sipped and savored. According to Russian River owner, Vinnie Cilurzo, and the good people over there, Younger is difficult and expensive to make, not to mention it eats up a lot of time and space. On the flip side, it’s currently ranked as the #1 Beer on the Planet over at beeradvocate.com. So it’s obviously a pretty special beer.
People go insane for this brew! To keep the beer freaks from rioting, Russian River brews it once a year and releases it at their pub every February. From the brew house in Santa Rosa, CA, a few 8 gallon kegs trickle out into the states lucky enough to be in Russian River’s distribution footprint. Colorado is one of those lucky states and was able to secure about 15 kegs this year. These kegs were given to the area’s top beer bars and pubs. Most of these kegs are gone almost as soon as they are tapped. Some of them don’t even last an hour.
Over the past two weeks, Pliny has been popping up at places like Falling Rock, Freshcraft and Hops & Pie. Here one minute, gone the next. The last two tappings I know of are both happening tomorrow night. In Denver, the Vine Street Pub, part of the Mountain Sun & Southern Sun family, will be tapping their keg on 3/1 at 4:20 PM. Vine Street is located at: 1700 Vine Street, Denver, CO 80206 / (303) 388-BEER. The other tapping is occuring down in Colorado Springs at Trinity Brewhouse on 3/1 at 6PM. Trinity is located at: 1446 Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 / (719) 634-0029.
Both places brew awesome beer, have a solid selection of guest taps and offer great food to go with it. Take for example Trinity’s appetizer of bacon slices. Brilliant! It’s bacon. Period! What more could you ask for? My wife, Patti is taking one for the team tomorrow night and volunteered to watch our kids so I can attend the Vine Street tapping. I promised to bring a nice dinner home for her just so I could go out and brave the hoards for some Pliny. Word to the wise, if you’re heading to Vine Street, take cash. They don’t accept credit, debit, check, imperial credits, magic beans or monopoly money. It’s cash or you’ll be washing glasses in the back. If you’re hungry, grab a menu. They make a mean grilled cheese with bacon. Simple, but delish! Hope to see a familiar face or three down there.
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OK, here we go, another blog in a world already over saturated with forums, social networks and weblogs. Then why? Why should you bother reading another blog from an average joe like myself? What makes this blog worthy of your valuable time? Well, if it helps, I’ll say that I like Beer. It’s delicious! I like it so much, I’ve decided to make this blog all about the stuff. The sweet, sweet fermented goodness that brings me joy and satisfaction at the end of my day (and sometimes the beginning and middle of my day too).
So my blog, my piece of property in internet infinium, will be dedicated (mostly) to Beer.
I’m not exactly an expert. My name’s Mark and I’ve got a somewhat normal job, an amazing wife and two awesome kids. I don’t work for a brewery or have my cicerone certification, nor am I a certified beer judge. But, I am passionate about the stuff and am ready to share this knowledge with you.
My goal and purpose of this blog is to keep you, my wonderful reader, up to date on the happenings in the wonderful world of beer. I’ll cover what’s going on both close to home, here in Colorado and around the U.S. and maybe even the world. I want to take you with me on adventures to breweries around town and on road trips and festivals throughout the year. Come with me and explore different styles, learn about well-known, popular breweries, but also obscure, lesser known breweries from across the globe. Dive into my beer cellar and dust off some aged bottles to sample and learn what, how and why to properly cellar beer in your own home. We’ll meet some of the masterminds and artists behind our favorite beers and see what inspires them to do what they do. Maybe we’ll even brew a batch of beer together.
Want the buzz on the latest upcoming releases around town? We’ll talk about it. Ever find yourself wondering what would pair well with a nice, thick, hearty steak or a stinky, veiny chesse? I’ve got you covered there too. Should I keep my beer in the bottle or pour it into a glass, and if I need a glass, what kind of glass should I use? Does it really matter? Absolutely! Maybe you’re having a party and want some suggestions for appetizers that will pair well with beer or want some recipes for beer infused food. I’ll even walk you through a beer trade and give you some tips on how to track down a bottle of New Glarus Belgian Red or maybe even the elusive Three Floyd’s Dark Lord!
Along the way, you’ll meet my lovely wife, Patti as we bring you with us on our trips and adventures. She’s a beer nerd, just like me.
Like I said, I’m no expert, but I’ve been all around the globe in search of good beer and now it’s time to share some of that knowledge with anybody that’s willing to listen.
Care to join me? Grab a pint, here we go!