Pliny the Younger 2022 Release

  • February 04 - 17, 2022


It's back - in person and in your glass!

The much-celebrated Pliny the Younger makes it's return to celebrated craft beer producer Russian River Brewery from February 4 to 17, 2022. Get here and get some beer!

What can you expect when visiting our pubs during this year’s Pliny the Younger release?

Our Windsor brewery has a giant parking lot with a few charging stations, while Santa Rosa is paid public parking. We strongly recommend you walk, ride a bike, or catch a ride especially if you plan to drink at all! There will likely be a line to get in no matter the time of day, especially on weekends. Although rare, wait times have historically been up to 8 hours, even with both pubs open! Historically, the best days with the shortest wait times to get in are Monday through Thursday. Kids are always welcome in our brewpubs! We will have staff out front starting early each morning checking ID’s, putting on wristbands, and monitoring line cutting. Younger is served in 10 oz. glasses and limited to a maximum of 3 per guest. In year’s past we have limited guests to a maximum stay of 3 hours. If we have an unusually large turnout or bad weather, we may reduce that time limit in order to keep the line moving. Finally, although California is in the midst of an historic drought, it could very well rain during the release.  No one here will be complaining one bit! We are still figuring out the details so stay tuned for more updates!

Read on to learn more about the beer, the man, and more details on bottles! 

Pliny the Younger, The Beer:

Pliny the Younger is a Triple IPA, meaning that it is higher in alcohol and has tons of hops. Though the ABV usually finishes at about 10.25%, it is remarkably dry for the amount of malt used in this recipe. Loaded with hop aroma and flavor, Younger is well-balanced with malt and a lingering dry and bitter finish. We brewed Younger for the first time in 2005 as a winter seasonal release, building upon the Pliny the Elder recipe while pushing the envelope with malt, hops, and alcohol just to see how far we could go. Fun fact: Younger has always been at least double dry-hopped (some years even quadruple dry-hopped!) long before DDH became a “thing”!

Since we sadly were unable to gather in person in 2021, we kept this year’s Pliny the Younger recipe exactly the same as last year! We even kept the new addition of Elixir, which we affectionately call the “Strawberry Hop”. Elixir exhibits characteristics of citrus, spice and berry, specifically Strawberry.  The rest of the hops used in Younger 2022 are: Amarillo, Chinook, Citra, CTZ, Mosaic, Nelson, Simcoe and Warrior. It always finishes fairly dry and well-balanced, even with a higher ABV. This is our 18th year brewing Pliny the Younger!

Pliny the Younger, The Man:

Pliny the Younger was the nephew and adopted son of Pliny the Elder. He was a lawyer and an author in Ancient Rome and witnessed the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., which took the life of his uncle while trying to save others. Pliny the Younger lived from 61 AD to 112 AD. He wrote many letters which survive today and have great historical value. We thought it was only appropriate to also pay tribute to Pliny the Elder’s nephew by naming this special beer after him!

Pliny the Younger 2022 Limited Release in BOTTLES!

2022 will be the third time we have ever bottled Pliny the Younger! This year it will only be available at our Santa Rosa and Windsor brewpubs during the 2-week release. Bottles will neither be available online nor in our Gift Shops and reserved for our guests coming to enjoy the full Younger experience in our brewpubs! Guests wishing to just purchase bottles will wait in the same line as our guests coming into the pubs. Bottles are first come, first served. There is no requirement to stay for a beer or food. But if you are going to wait, you might as well stay for a beer! As in years past, there will be a 2-bottle limit per person. If we suspect a customer has purchased multiple times and/or is reselling it illegally, we reserve the right to refuse service to that customer. We will set a daily limit on bottles at each pub to stretch them out for all 14 days. Please note that there is a possibility that we could run out before we close if it is a particularly busy day. This only happened once or twice in 2020. But we really don’t know what to expect for this year’s turnout!

Draft Distribution:

We are also excited to bring back draft distribution to our valued wholesale partners and many of our on-premise accounts throughout California, Oregon, Colorado and Philadelphia! Local distribution will begin the week of February 7th. Our wholesalers will pick up their shipment whenever the next truck is scheduled.  February is Younger season, so we expect our accounts to tap their keg/kegs as soon as possible upon receiving their shipment. Like all hoppy beers, Younger does not age well at all. So, you should see it popping up at perhaps even some of your favorite spots to drink Russian River beers beginning the second week of February!

Getting Here and Lodging Recommendations:

If you are on the West Coast, Alaska Airlines has direct flights into the Charles M. Schultz Airport (AKA “STS”!) from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Portland and Seattle.  Three other airlines offer some limited flights as well.  Our Windsor brewery is a 5 minute drive from STS. Check out the airport’s website HERE.

The SMART Train has service to Downtown Santa Rosa and North Santa Rosa, which is closer to Windsor, from Marin County.  Check out the train schedule HERE.

We are currently in the process of reaching out to local hotels for any special Pliny the Younger discounted rates. Stay tuned for more info coming soon. In the meantime, we list some recommended lodging nearby on our website under the VISIT US section of each brewery.