So here's the thing with Pliny The Elder, and this is going to be a very long post, so if you aren't interested, move the fug along nothing to see here; it's difficult to get because the people at Russian River are (from what I hear) somewhat difficult to work with. The best comparison I've heard is like a Steve Jobs. He was very particular and if you didn't do things the way he wanted, you're fuged.
For example, the liquor store I buy most of my craft brew at here in Livermore is called Perry's and is owned by a guy that also owns a craft beer bar downtown called The Beer Baron. He had a distribution arrangement setup with Russian River (which is hard enough to get as it is, they intentionally short the market to keep demand high) to be able to sell their 750mL bottles in his store (yes, 750mL bottles, because RR refuses to do 22oz. bombers like everyone else on the planet, fugers).
Well, he decided to sell the Pliny in his other establishment as well, and they basically Vegas-Al-Capone-style blacklisted him for life.
Another one is that a pizza place I used to go to all the time in Fremont has 32 micro brews on tap rotating. The guy there told me RR won't distribute to them, because years ago the City of Fremont denied permits to RR for like a brewpub location and so now RR won't distribute to anyone in that city.
BevMo is a huge chain liquor store here in Cali, and RR won't even distribute to them (which is a godsend contract if you make craft beer) because BevMo wouldn't guarantee cooler space, just space on the shelf like everyone else. Russian River didn't want someone to pickup a beer and drink it warm and god forbid not like it, so they declined.
That being said, they deserve to have their beer experienced under their terms, because it is widely considered throughout the beer world as exceptional, and it is. So they are very careful about who they distribute to, and again, they intentionally short the market to keep a cult-like status.
Anyway, enough of my rambling. Yes, I get Pliny all the time. I live a couple of hours drive from the brewery, so my wife and I will take a trip out that way every few months and I'll buy a couple cases of Pliny as well as Blind Pig (which I actually like better than Pliny, but both are great beers). While out there, we typically stop at Bear Republic in Healdsburg (of Racer 5 fame) and Lagunitas in Petaluma.
I don't know what the laws are for shipping alcohol, but so long as we aren't breaking any rules I'd be happy to buy you a case and ship it to you. Just pay me for the cost of the beer and shipping, I certainly won't mark it up or anything. I'll PM you next time I go out there, which will hopefully be soon because I'm out of BP and only have two Pliny's left that I've been saving for Warriors playoff basketball. :cheers:
This place is the most trendy brewery for locals to go to. They fill growlers here for $10 and will even fill a growler from a different brewery, so long as you buy one of their branded neoprene sleeves to go over it. They don't do pints here, except on Thursdays, which is keep the pint glass night. They've told me the pint restriction has something to do with their landlord not wanting the place to be a "bar" per se. They do flights for $6-$7, and you usually get five or six flavors. They rotate in their seasonals and substitute the core beers as needed throughout the year on their flights. They also have a pretty awesome barbecue food truck that stays outside on the weekends.
What To Try There:
Hella Hoppy, DIPA
I really enjoy one of their flagship beers, Hella Hoppy IIPA. This beer comes in at a massive 9%, and you certainly taste it as it is LOADED with massive amounts of various local hops. Paying homage to the Northern California region by using the term "Hella" makes me a bit biased into loving this beer just a little more. If you are a hop-head, this is the beer for you.
Mac Drizzle, Imperial Dark Ale
Another beer that pays homage to the region, the late great rapper Mac Dre, Mac Drizzle is a robust 9.2% Dark Ale that drinks more like a triple IPA in my opinion. It is a pretty heavy beer that's got a delicious malt flavor that kind of masks a tropical taste underneath. This beer is seasonal, and while you can sometimes find it at various times of the year, it is typically released on the dates of Mac Dre's birthday, and the day he died. (July and November)
Berry White, Wheat Cream Ale
Can't get enough of this beer, baaaby (See what I did there). This is a wheat cream ale that friggin rocks. This beer is also seasonal, but at just 4.7%, is a great summertime libation out by the pool or at a BBQ. My wife loves wheat beer, so this is her favorite from Altamont. I'd say the only true drawback to this beer is that I feel like it hasn't tasted EXACTLY the same each time I've had it. Now, it could just be me, but I feel like there is a little bit too much taste fluctuation for this to be distributed right now. Maybe it's something with the berries in the brewing process or maybe they use different berries from a different farm or something, but it's been just a little bit different to me on various occasions. All were very good, but again, you need to be consistent.
The Maui Waui is to date the best IPA I've ever had...
I was going to post Altamont. You better damn believe I rock my Altamont A's shirt all the time.
Better than Applebee's. I had a couple guys help me on a job but because they aren't approved vendors my company won't actually cut them a check. So I paid them $50 each and went to Applebee's on the company card because it was the only place open for dinner at 10:30p on a Tuesday.
I got so depressed there I actually started thinking about every bad decision I've made in my life and I took a shower when I got home.
No lie I was just at Applebees on 1st having a couple beers for lunch.