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Pliny the Elder is one of the best for sure...San Fran bars usually have it.
Had it at Iron Abbey in Horsham last year. I am not an IPA guy, so it wasn't my favorite, but it was quite good as IPAs go.
Had something tonight called Old Chub from Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado. Scotch Ale. Very good.
Had Omegang 3 philosophers and Hopslam this weekend. Not a fan of the Hopslam...everyone said it was one of their faves, but I don't get it. Loved the Omegang - especially in the Bomber bottle!
I don't think it's found very often outside of the philly area. But if you want to make a short drive to philly it's on tap pretty regularly. Just check out phillytapfinder.com, great resource for beers on tap. It never makes it in bottle form to the east coast.
Russian River's only East Coast distribution is Philly, so you're not going to find it near you. Even then, bottled Pliny doesn't really make it out this way. Best bet is finding it on tap via Internet or phone.
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For those in the York, PA area there is another microbrew that recently opened up near the ballpark.
It is called Liquid Hero ... I had their American Hero which is an amber ale and thought it was pretty good. I tried the Irregardless IPA and it ended up being too citrusy for my liking, but others might enjoy it.
Anyway, it's a small place and worthy of a visit to try a sampler or two. With spring and summer soon approaching I'm sure they will get a very nice crowd when the revolution is in town.
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I've mentioned the World of Beer in this thread before, but I have to bring it up again. I get there almost every week after soccer games (there's a location in Columbus where I live a couple minutes from where I play), and it's heaven for a beer lover. About 50 beers on draft, rotating every week, pretty much all top quality stuff. I've probably been able to try 30-40 of the beers mentioned in this thread on draft in the past few months, and lots of other great stuff I didn't even know existed. I'm not exaggerating when I say there can't be many better places to try great beer in the country. The variety and quality is fantastic. Sean, next time you're in Columbus we'll head there.
There is a place near Canton/Akron called Tap Room 99 or something like that too. It had 99 beers on tap and wasn't crowded.
A couple Pittsburgh-area bottle shops drive to Philly regularly to bring back Russain River (and other) beers... Since it comes to SOMEWHERE in PA, it's paid PA sales tax, and is therefor legal to sell ANYWHERE in PA. Somebody just has to go get it...
I can get Pliny regularly since I'm in Nor Cal. I'd be willing to trade with a few folks, specifically looking for 3 Floyd's Zombie Dust. Or I'm open if you can convince me that I need to taste a beer that I haven't before. DM if interested.
I know this was 8 months ago, but I disappeared. The sanctions were too painful. I still watched on Saturday's, but had to get away from "all of this" for a little while...
So, while I know it was 8 months ago... What'd you think???
Kinger - would you mind PMing me to let me know which PGH bottle shops have the Russian River? These Phily guys have me eager to give it a shot.
I don't think there's any need for PMs... I'm 99% sure it's not illegal. It's overpriced, cause Mom-and-Pop bottle shop are sending a car to Philly to pick up beer... But it paid PA taxes on the way into Philly, and is therefor legit for sale in PA. You run into issues if you're selling beer that didn't pay PA sales tax... As long as Uncle Sam (and Tom Corbett) get there's, I think that's the only concern here.
I know House of 1000 Beers in New Ken has bottles.... Just put some of them on a price-reduction, too. A Pliny the Elder sighting is rare... But not impossible. You're likely to find some or all of Consecration, Supplication, Temptation, and Damnation, if you swing out there.
I recently heard that 3 Rivers 6-Pack, out by murrysville, drives to Philly as well. I cannot confirm that one first-hand, though, but I heard this from a guy I know and trust regarding Craft Beer.
And I feel like I might have seen them at Sharp Edge before, that's the kind of thing they'd do... I'm not certain, though, To be honest, because I've always thought their beer didn't live up to the hype. It's good.... But for the price you'll pay to get it this way, I don't think it lives up. But I also fully-understand that *urge* to try new things and come to those kind of conclusions on your own!
Pretty sure this is also how Zeno's gets a lot of their stuff. They also have a few on tap that isn't distributed in central PA.
If you're looking for a SURE THING, I can pretty much gaurantee they'll have some (on the shelves, in plain sight, stickered for retail sale, not around back or behind the counter with a secret handshake) at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington. The others I mentioned above *might*. I'm sure their are others, also.
Yeah I know its legal.....I was just hoping to hit a stash of Pliny the Elder.
My bad, duder.
I have bought Pliny there before... But like I said, you're far more likely to find some of their other offerings in New Ken than you are Pliny. It has been there, multiple times... But I was there last week and didn't see any. Wasn't specifically looking for it, either, but FYI.
I've had PtE 5-6 times and... I really don't get the hype. I even had it *blind* once, side-by-side with four other exceptional IPA's, and upon the *big reveal*, it was my 5th-place hard-luck loser. It wasn't a *super-fresh* bottle, but it was within its "best by" date... Some say Pliny "falls off faster" than most IPA's, but that doesn't do me a lot of good, living almost 3,000 miles from San Fran. I once had it ~5 weeks old (bought from New Ken, in fact), and still wasn't blown away. I think it's a more balanced and nuanced IPA than some of its competitors, and some people seem to love that. I like my IPA to hit me like a tidal wave of bitter-sweet citrusy goodness, and in my experience, that's not what PtE is.
Personally, I prefer their Blind Pig offering.
I wholeheartedly agree with this. Pliny is a tad overrated. Blind Pig is delicious.
Thanks king. Appreciate the info.
Had IPA and Porter from Iron Hill over the weekend. Both impressive with just enough flavor. Not sure if they bottle-had a friend bring growlers to my March Madness Microbrew Marathon on Saturday. It's my version of a "31" party.
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I agree with this also, I prefer Blind Pig. Pliny is good but gets hyped up a great deal.
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Heading to the distributor, any suggestions???
Does your distributor have a bottle shop where you can buy individual bottles? I never bother with cases anymore.
I got a bottle of the Ommegang Iron Throne Blonde Ale. Gonna crack it open tonight for the season premiere of Game of Thrones tonight. Pretty pumped to try it.
You would expect this Game of Thrones beer to be dark. These are a fantastic version of the Middle Ages, after all, and it isnt exactly a light-hearted romp. Something thick and aggressive for a night spent fending off White Walkers in an approaching storm. Ommegang Iron Throne Blonde Ale, [...]
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