It was a pleasure to sample “piney” Pliny the Elder with Russian River Brewery founder Vinnie Cilurzo in Santa Rosa, California. The world-renowned beer’s sidekick, Pliny the Younger, is only available in February and sells out quickly! Plan to wait in a long line if you visit Russian River’s pub for a taste — it is that popular! By the way, Vinnie confessed that neither of the two wildly popular ales are his favorite beer. As he gets older and wiser/Pliny-like, the thinking man’s brewer finds himself favoring lagers, such as his brewery’s relatively new STS Pils (5.5 ABV). Vinnie adds that he also likes Firestone Walker’s Pivo Hoppy Pils (5.3 ABV). Not being one to argue with an expert, I’ve tried both of these quaffable but strong pilsners and plan to restock their dwindling supply in my refrigerator soon.
This post was written by Kirk Richardson.