Pliny Watch 2022 | Where In San Diego To Find Pliny The Younger Triple IPA 18th Edition

February 10, 2022

For the first time ever, people in San Diego will be able to get their hands on Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny The Younger before those visiting the actual brewery in Sonoma Valley, CA. Here is where you can get your hands on one of the most hyped beers of all time around San Diego County. 

This year due to Covid-19 issues, Russian River Brewing Company is delaying the much-anticipated annual release of its Pliny The Younger IIIPA at its Sonoma Valley, California brewery, but the ever-so-popular, award winning, seasonal triple IPA will still make its way to San Diego's best beer bars and bottle shops in the coming week. The extremely limited release of the 18th Anniversary Pliny The Younger is being distributed throughout San Diego by none other than Stone Brewing Co., so whatever bars receive kegs of "The Younger" will be getting them directly from Stone. We've got the scoop on when and where it will be arriving, so read on and get a taste of one of the world's most coveted brews.

Pliny The Younger will likely arrive in San Diego as early as today. Russian River is asking establishments to tap the kegs by March 3, so expect spots to tap their kegs before then. Best suggestion is to follow each place on social media to be alerted for when they'll be releasing their reserve. Besides Stone World Bistro & Gardens in both Escondido and Liberty Station, here's who else will be serving up Pliny The Younger this year:
Pliny the Younger is categorized as a Triple IPA, simply meaning that it is higher in alcohol (around 10.25%) and has tons of hops with a 90 IBU. It was brewed for the first time 18 years ago as a winter seasonal, building upon the famed Pliny the Elder recipe. It is always brewed only once a year and released at Russian River Brewing Company on the first Friday in February, rain or shine, and there is consistently 100 plus people waiting for doors to open on that first day, with lines remaining until the supply is sold out. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Sonoma County and high infection rates with employees at the brewery, this year Pliny The Younger won't be release at the Russian River Brewery until March 25 through April 7, but wholesale accounts will start receiving kegs during the week of February 7. 

Be sure to call ahead to whatever establishment you'll be patronizing to assure tap times and availability. Once tapped, this beer goes fast. You can also set up an alert at TapHunter to find out when Pliny The Younger arrives. And if we're missing any spots that will be serving Younger this year, please send an email to [email protected]