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Old 02-10-2011, 12:10 AM
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Oh man that's great news - thanks for contributing to the thread.

But seriously.. You can find Pliny the Elder in the bottle regularly in SF at City Beer Store and irregularly at Whole Foods in Campbell and a few others. Also, there is a place in SJ called "Wine Affairs" or something like that which supposedly has it on tap.

It's a very hoppy IPA but completely not worth the hype, or the BS.

Never tried Pliny the Younger, and 100% sure I never will.

Matt - glad you liked it - I know you have had it before, but more never hurts. Your Sunday sounds crazy. Scarlett Johansson coming over or something?
Yeah, she wants to see Kramer and try my pale ale.

Doing a BBQ in remembrance of Dan (JoeBobBucket).
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:14 AM
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Doing a BBQ in remembrance of Dan (JoeBobBucket).
Oh awesome.. I did not know. Damn time flies.

RIP Daniel.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:18 AM
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Oh awesome.. I did not know. Damn time flies.

RIP Daniel.
Yeah, 2010 really flew by.
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went to RRBC on saturday for some Pliney the Younger. delicious
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went to RRBC on saturday for some Pliney the Younger. delicious
Dick.
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:49 AM
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9am Sunday. First Street Alehouse in Livermore. Aww yeah
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by irrational x View Post
went to RRBC on saturday for some Pliney the Younger. delicious
Haha what is this, grade school? Neener neener?

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Dick.
Seriously, but not in a good way.

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9am Sunday. First Street Alehouse in Livermore. Aww yeah
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:47 AM
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Is the younger a pretty hoppy brew?
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by mikev View Post
"my" alehouse in Livermore (first street alehouse) is getting their Pliny the Younger on Sunday. I'll be there for lunch.

Then again for Dinner.
As in you own it or thats just where you go? I hear good things about it, was supposed to go, but something else came up.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:42 PM
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Is the younger a pretty hoppy brew?
It's an Imperial IPA. PtE is good, but as Wombat said, it isn't worth the hype. I also think its kind of silly for the owner to go "We know there is more demand than we can supply for, but we have no plans to enlarge the brewery." There are obviously no investors in that operation!
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Originally Posted by VRT MBasile View Post
It's an Imperial IPA. PtE is good, but as Wombat said, it isn't worth the hype. I also think its kind of silly for the owner to go "We know there is more demand than we can supply for, but we have no plans to enlarge the brewery." There are obviously no investors in that operation!
I honestly don't care for very hoppy brews so if the younger is like that then I won't invest any effort into trying it.

Maybe they're a hippy commune.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:09 PM
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As in you own it or thats just where you go? I hear good things about it, was supposed to go, but something else came up.
Hah, I WISH I owned it. It's just my local brewery.

Originally Posted by VRT MBasile View Post
It's an Imperial IPA. PtE is good, but as Wombat said, it isn't worth the hype. I also think its kind of silly for the owner to go "We know there is more demand than we can supply for, but we have no plans to enlarge the brewery." There are obviously no investors in that operation!
Bite your tongue. PtE is the second best double IPA out there, right behind Dogfish Head 90 minute and just before Lagunitas Maximus and Double Daddy.
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I want a beer so bad right now but I have to study for an art history exam that I have this evening.
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I honestly don't care for very hoppy brews so if the younger is like that then I won't invest any effort into trying it.

Maybe they're a hippy commune.
Yeah, Pliny the Elder is way hoppy - an Englishman would call it over-hopped crap. I thought the Younger was essentially the same recipe but not aged therefore essentially a harsh version of the Elder? From those who I respect, it's not worth the effort. I know first hand that Pliny the Elder is not worth the effort. If you find it - definitely try it so you can form your own opinion!

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Bite your tongue. PtE is the second best double IPA out there, right behind Dogfish Head 90 minute and just before Lagunitas Maximus and Double Daddy.
That's an opinion, one I do not share. Whenever anyone says "OMG this is the best beer ever" or something it lets me know that they are probably not someone to get a objective beer opinion from. Say it's your favorite and explain why, but always know there is a better beer lurking around the corner and some day it will find you...

What cracks me up about RRBC is what Matt said. If it's so popular, why not produce more? Someone with tight pants and clothes my father threw away in the 70's would probably say that making more would ruin it, but that's just not true.

Anyway, beer is a very personal and subjective thing. Everyone's tastes are different and complicated by the way that they change. For myself, the only beer I have stuck with the whole time is Deschutes' Mirror Pond and their Bachelor Bitter. But there are soooooo many awesome breweries out there!! We are blessed, truly blessed.

Anyone try Seirra's Hoptimum? I thought it was pretty crazy... At first I was punched in the face by the 10.4%ABV but then it settled down and was very drinkable.

Also scored a pile of Deschutes Hop Trip and a couple Hop Henge which are two favorites of mine. Admittedly I sound like a Deschutes promoter and sure - I'll wear that hat. They make amazing beer, and make it available for the people who love it without any detriment to quality.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:55 AM
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I think i'll pass on it. lol
I know I don't care for super hoppy drinks.


In other news, well not news, but I found a bottle of samuel smith oatmeal stout and a imperial stout tucked away in the pantry.
Had the oatmeal stout last night and was way better than I remembered. Very good. Can't wait to taste the imperial, which i've never had before.

Still not as good as the Zywiec Porter i've recently had.
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