Breweries "Visited"

Friday, March 29, 2013

Respect Your Elders

Day #475 Pliny the Elder / Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA
Previously from this brewery:  white whale Pliny the Younger, horizontal tasting of Supplication, sampler, and a sampler (keep in mind; the greatest sampler in the free world)

It's a Friday, and many of us have the day off (thanks, Jesus!).  I'm actually going in to work today, just to get caught up and hopefully ahead of next week.  Would much rather put in a few productive hours today than have to deal with an avalanche of work on Monday.  The sun is shining and the weekend is in front of us, and for that we should rejoice.

Digging into the archive for today's review.  On the same day that Teresa's Next Door tapped the elusive Pliny the Younger, they also put Pliny the Elder on tap.  A nice consolation prize for those who couldn't get there in time.  As I only managed to get one glass of Younger, I decided to hang around over a glass of Elder as well.  I've had this beer on a number of occasions before, and it never disappoints.  Poured into a tulip glass, this beer has a clear, bright copper color with a thin and slightly off white head.  It smells like a grapefruit bomb went off when you inhale, and when you take a sip you find ample hops; grassy notes, pine, pineapple, mango and grapefruit throughout.  Not much on the malt front, and that's just fine.  This beer has a bitter quality from start to finish, yet I also found it incredibly refreshing.  In my notes, I commented, "wish I was sitting outside."  Not sure if that was due to the bar being over crowded, the enjoyable nature of the beer, or perhaps a mix of both.
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Pliny the Elder is named for the Roman philosopher who also dabbled in horticulture, as he apparently wrote about hops.  A key ingredient in double IPAs, for sure.  Like its harder to find brother Pliny the Younger, this should be considered a Top 25 beer, undoubtedly.

Thing to Think About Today:
In the spirit of honoring our "Elders", I'll close things out with something old; specifically, Old Crow Medicine Show singing Tell it To Me.  A lovely song about.... well... cocaine.  What, you were expecting the wildly more popular Wagon Wheel?  Already used that song; click the link if you want that to hear that one too.  Enjoy your Friday; I know I will!

"Drink your corn liquor / let the cocaine be..."

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