Beer bloggers are throwing around words like “shocking” to describe the loss of the sought-after double IPA from California’s Russian River Brewing – Pliny The Elder. The brewery informed its Washington customers recently that it no longer will be distributing its beers here. Different bits of information have appeared giving insight into why the brewery made the decision. A letter the brewery sent to distributors was published here. The final word from the brewery Jan. 4 on their Facebook page was that demand had outpaced supply. Sounds like a decent problem to have.
I tried the beer on tap a few years ago at Jake’s in Steilacoom (now Topside Bar). It’s a terrific beer, but I can’t say that I’ll miss it much because it was so difficult to find, I didn’t drink it much. Here’s something to consider: The craft beer market is flooded with robust IPAs. I turned to two local bottle shops for their recommendations for what to drink instead of Pliny. Barry Watson of Pint Defiance in Tacoma and Tiffany Adamowski of Federal Way’s 99 Bottles weigh in: Read more »