February is Younger season! Its the time of year that sees the release of the most anticipated beer made in America. Currently ranked #2 in the world according to beeradvocate.com, Pliny the Younger is a triple IPA. It’s annual release garners multiple hour waits at its brewpub at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. Luckily in San Diego we are lucky to receive a good number of kegs. Most places will be pretty hush-hush about its tappings to avoid madness so do not be alarmed to hear about a keg getting tapped, a pub full, and a blown keg in a matter of minutes. I tried to keep up with news as it came out last year, but sometimes once I hear of a keg going on tap, it was tapped before most were able to make it there. Stone Distributing will be handling Younger this year and kegs according to sources will not be arriving in San Diego until February 18th. Here is a twitter list I put together for the bars listed below.
Here are the places that received kegs last year along with any speculative info about this year:
2 kegs going on Tuesday, 2/18 at opening, about 400, 10 oz servings. A third keg it will go on Sunday at 11:30am.
Hamiltons announced their PTY tapping for Feb 19 at 3pm. Expect there to be a line of 100+ thirsty patrons. See their post here. 1 keg blew in 40 minutes.
O’Brien’s: Last year got 3 kegs. 1st keg will go on Saturday the 22nd at 4pm. The charity keg will go on tap on Wednesday the 26th between 5-8pm. Tickets for the charity keg will go on sale on Thursday, the 20th, and is $15 for a 10oz pour. 100% of sales will be going to charity, 2 tickets per person, and cash only. Link to the newsletter can be found here.
Stone World Bistro & Gardens: Received 3 kegs last year. With the addition of Liberty Station I would like to think a keg would make it to Point Loma. Stone keeps their tap list up to date on their website, but did not post anything when their first keg went on.
1st of their kegs went on at their Escondido location 2/18 at 5pm.
San Diego Brewing Co: Sunday 2/23 at noon. The pub opens up at 11am and will begin handing out tickets for fills. One per person.
Put on a keg at around 3:30pm 2/19, killed by 5:15.
Pizza Port Carlsbad: Single keg last year. Not sure if they will put it up on their draft menu as they do have a tap cam you can check on.
Pizza Port Ocean Beach: Single keg, went on tap without notice.
Pizza Port Solana Beach: Commenter, Scott, with a tip that it will be tapped at 6pm, 2/20.
Pizza Port San Clemente:
Keg tapped at noon on 2/19, killed in an hour.
Churchill’s: Younger will be tapped at their annual Renaissance March 1st and noon. Got the taplist for Renaissance here. Looks like they will be a bit more strict on the Churchills Finest Hour bottle release. More info as it becomes available on their website.
Blind Lady Ale House: Last two years they have been ticketed events. Follow their Facebook and Twitter feeds for updated info.
Downtown Johnny Brown’s: Not sure how a change of ownership will affect if they get a keg of Younger or not. Last year notified the public via twitter for news of its tapping.
Encinitas Ale House: Used pre-paid tickets (already sold out) for a glass of Younger on Sunday, 2/23 anytime between 12-9pm. If there is any left over, it’ll go on to the public Monday at opening, 4pm.
Tap Room: Going to be tapped for their Anniversary party on February 22nd at 11am. Quite an impressive taplist for that day, more info can be found here.
Urge Gastropub: Received a keg last year and likely without prior notice. They did tweet out when it was put on however.
Tiger!Tiger!: Like Blind Lady Ale House, a ticketed event. Follow their Facebook and Twitter feeds for more updated news.
Breakwater Brewing: Follow their twitter for notice of its tapping.
Livewire: They put their kegs on without notice, you’ll get it if you’re lucky.
Update log: 02/14/14 00:34am; 02/17/14 17:29; 2/18/14 02:57am; 2/18/14 15:53; 2/18/14 17:37; 2/19/14 13:58; 2/19/14 15:47; 2/20/14 16:57
If anyone has any information regarding a date/time by which Pliny the Younger will be tapped, send me an email to update the list.