Style: Double IPA
Size: 500ml bottle
Price: $6 (Blackwell’s)
So I used to live in the other Bay Area, the one on the left coast, and it gave me the opportunity to drive up to Russian River Brewing on the reg. To be honest, it spoiled me a bit. I got used to having Pliny at lots of bars, finding it in grocery stores, and being able to go to the source every weekend if I wanted to.
There’s a reason you keep seeing “Pliny Killer?” threads on BA all the time — Pliny is the king, and that’s why everyone keeps comparing their (usually lesser) DIPAs to it. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few DIPAs that are just as great, but in different ways. Abrasive is fantastic, this year’s Hopslam was great, and Heady Topper is just fucking awesome. But it certainly doesn’t hurt the case for Pliny that I can get it pretty much year-round through mail-order. Abrasive is seasonal, Hopslam is seasonal, and while Heady is year-round, you can’t just order it to your door (yet). For now, I’ll just be happy to drink Pliny whenever I want.