#PlinyWatch: Your 2020 Guide to Finding Pliny the Younger in LA
It’s February once again and the time has come for the elusive Pliny the Younger to hit LA area taps for 2020! Whether you’re a PtY vet or you’re still searching for your first taste of Russian River’s golden nectar, this is your guide to finding out where to drink Pliny the Younger Triple IPA in Los Angeles & Orange County in 2020.
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Last Updated: March 2, 2020
Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste
Pasadena – March 7th, 11am
In what is likely the last Younger tapping of the year, Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste in Pasadena is tapping their keg on Saturday, March 7th. Doors open at 8am, tickets start at 11am and the keg taps at 1pm.
Other LA & OC bars that we expect to tap Pliny the Younger in 2020 (due to the increase in Russian River accounts & beer availability in SoCal, we expect to be adding new bars to the list this year):
The Salted Pig – Riverside
You snooze, you lose! Here are the tappings that have come and gone. But look out for more Younger from them in 2021!
Highland Park – February 11th, 8pm The Hermosillo quietly tapped their keg of Pliny the Younger, with first pours being spotted around 8pm on Tues 2/11. Younger still pouring as of Wednesday night, but likely kicked by now.
Tony’s Darts Away
Burbank – February 13th, 11am Get Younger at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank on Thurs, Feb 13th. They’re selling $8 tickets to those who are in line starting at 11am which will get you an 8oz pour of younger anytime between noon to 8pm. Tickets are now sold out.
Long Beach & Seal Beach – February 13th, 11:30am Beachwood is doing away with the charity Pliny raffle this year and going for a more straightforward, good old fashioned keg tapping. Keg will be on when they open at 11:30am on Thursday, February 13th and will pour til it kicks. They will still be incorporating a charity component though, with 100% of proceeds of their fried pickles dish going to the Melanoma Research Foundation in memory of their friend Tony Carbone. Tickets are now sold out.
West 4th & Jane
Santa Monica – February 13th, 12pm West 4th & Jane just announced they are tapping their keg of Younger alongside Happy Hops, Blind Pig and Elder. Doors open at noon. Westsiders, you know what to do!
Farmer’s Market Bar 326
Fairfax – February 13th, 5pm Bar 326 at The Original Farmer’s Market is joining the list of craft beer bars pouring Pliny the Younger in 2020! They’ll be doing a first come, first served tapping on Thursday, February 13th starting at 5pm. They’ll also have Elder, Happy Hops, Blind Pig, STS Pils, Consecration, Supplications, and Robert pouring as well.
Redondo Beach – February 14th, 12pm Naja’s Place quietly tapped a keg of Pliny the Younger on Friday the 14th around opening time. This is a low key release and is one the best spots to grab a pour in the South Bay. Should make for a nice Friday afternoon, but will go quick!
Ventura – February 13th, 11:30am Barrelhouse 101 is tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger along with several other Russian River beers at 11:30am on Thursday the 13th. First come, first served and one per person. Still pouring as of Friday morning.
Ojai – February 14th, 5pm Ojai Pub is celebrating Valentine’s Day in a special way this year with a special lineup of Russian River beers, including, yes – Pliny the Younger. Keg taps at 5pm on Friday alongside Pliny The Elder, Blind Pig, and Consecration. First come first served, so make a special Valentine’s weekend out of it!
Anaheim Hills – February 15th, 10am Pliny the Younger getting tapped on Sat 2/15 along with a bunch of other Russian River beers. $10 for a 10 ounce pour starting at 10am. First come, first served.
Blue Palms Brewhouse
Hollywood – February 15th, 12pm This year, Blue Palms is switching things up this year for their Pliny the Younger tapping(s). They’re spreading it across two days, with the first coming on Sat Feb 15th at 12pm. This will be poured alongside the kegs for their Parabola Party. Triple IPAs and Imperial Stouts!
House of Billiards
Sherman Oaks – February 12th, 5pm House of Billiards is tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger on Wednesday, February 12th starting at 5pm alongside kegs of Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, Happy Hops, Sanctification, and Consecration. This spot is CASH ONLY so come prepared! Still some Younger pouring as of Friday night, but keg is likely to kick at any moment.
Echo Park – February 16th, 12pm Mohawk is switching things up this year, eschewing their typical ticketed grouping setup for a nice straightforward first come, first served tapping. $8 gets you an 8 ounce glass of Younger. The keg(s) usually flow all day at Mohawk but with this new system, you never know. So try and get there as close to noon as you can on Sunday the 16th.
Orange – February 17th, 10am Hollingshead Deli is having their annual Russian River tap takeover featuring Pliny the Younger on Presidents day 2/17 starting at 10am. This is a small joint, so seat turnover can take time, leading to long wait times in line. Plan accordingly. Here’s what they’ll be pouring: Row 2 Hill 56, Happy Hops, Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Robert Saison, Shadow of a Doubt, Sanctification, Intinction, Supplication, and Consecration.
Ladyface Ale Companie
Agoura Hills – February 17th, 11am Ladyface is tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger at 11am on Monday 2/17 along with Elder and Blind Pig. First come, first served. One per person.
San Clemente – February 17th, 11am Pizza Port quietly tapped their keg of Pliny the Younger around 11am on Monday the 17th. No line, first come first served. Will likely kick this afternoon.
Malibu Wines & Beer Garden
West Hills – February 17th, 1pm Malibu Wines & Beer Garden joins the ranks of first time Younger pourers this year with their tapping on Monday the 17th at 1pm. Tickets will go on sale starting at 11am, 1 per person. 8 other Russian River beers will be pouring on tap.
Stadium Brew Co
Aliso Viejo – February 17th, 3pm Stadium in Aliso Viejo quietly tapped Pliny the Younger in the mid-afternoon on Monday the 17th.
Fluid State Beer Garden
Ventura – February 18th, 12pm Ok so Fluid State is Ventura is tapping Younger this year on Tues 2/18 BUT you have to buy advance tickets on Sat 2/8 in order to get in on the action (not sure if tickets will be sold day of). So, grab your ticket and then head to Fluid State on the 18th for Piny the Younger alongside beers from other awesome breweries like Cellarmaker, Faction, Fieldwork, Humble Sea, Woodhouse Corralitos, Sante Adairius, and Alvarado Street.
Manhattan Beach – February 18th, 5pm BrewCo in Manhattan Beach will be tapping Pliny the Younger on Tues 2/18 at 5pm. Two pour limit. Get it!
Manhattan Beach – February 18, 5pm Simmzy’s quietly tapped their keg around 5pm on Tuesday and it kicked within the hour. This is a true locals-only tapping that stays very much under the radar.
Tustin Brewing Co
Tustin – February 19th, 11am It’s Russian River WEEK at Tustin Brewing Co but the highlight event with most of their Russian River beers (including Younger) will be going down Wednesday, February 19th. Tickets go on sale starting at 11am (1 ticket per person, cash only), the keg taps at 3pm, and ticket holders can come back anytime after that to redeem for their pour of Pliny the Younger. Outside of the 19th, Tustin typically holds back a keg or two for surprise unannounced tappings, so keep an eye on our Instagram Stories and we’ll let you know if we hear of anything.
Long Beach – February 19th, 3:30pm Bottlecraft inside The Hangar food hall at the Long Beach Exchange tapped a surprise keg of Pliny the Younger around 3:30pm on Wednesday. First come first served. Won’t last long.
Bottle & Pint
Newbury Park – February 19th, 4pm Bottle & Pint in Newbury Park will be tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger Wednesday at 4pm, running 5oz and 10oz pours. First come first served.
The Surly Goat
Encino – February 19th, 5pm The Surly Goat in Encino will be tapping Younger along with several other Russian River beers on Wednesday the 19th. 100 tickets will go on sale starting at 5pm that can be redeemed for a pour starting at 7pm. Then, at 7:30pm once all tickets have been redeemed, they’ll open up pours for anyone.
The Daily Pint
Santa Monica – February 20th, 11am The Daily Pint in Santa MOnica is doing their annual ticket sale for Younger pours starting Monday 2/17 at 7pm which can be redeemed for pours on Thursday the 20th.
Sherman Oaks – February 20th, 6pm Boneyard Bistro tapped their keg of Pliny the Younger around 6pm on Thursday. Mellow tapping, no line, won’t last long.
Santa Monica – February 21st, 4pm Library Alehouse is doing a pre-announced tapping of Pliny the Younger alongside Elder and Sanctification. Can grab a flight of all 3 or just single pours. They have done surprise kegs in the past, so more may come.
Redondo Beach – February 21st, 12pm Another surprise Friday noon tapping at Naja’s…
Bottle & Pint
Oxnard – February 22nd, 12pm Bottle & Pint is tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger starting at noon on Saturday the 22nd along with other Russian River beers. Sold out in 15 minutes.
38 Degrees Alehouse
Alhambra – February 22nd, 11am Pliny the Younger Day is hitting both 38 Degrees locations, kicking things off at the OG location on Saturday the 22nd at 11am. But if you’ve been around the block before, you’ll know that 38 Degrees is famous for their Younger line so get there early to ensure you get prime positioning. First come, first served. One 10oz pour per person with limited glassware giveaways.
The Stuffed Sandwich
San Gabriel – February 22nd, 11am The Stuffed Sandwich is having a simple straightforward tapping of Pliny the Younger alongside Elder and Blind Pig on Saturday at 11am. First come first served.
Tustin – February 22nd, 11am Tustin Brewery just tapped their final keg of Pliny the Younger. First come, first served!
Culver City – February 22nd, 6pm City Tavern in Culver City will be tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger as part of their Saturday Tap Takeover on 2/22 starting at 6pm alongside Elder, Happy Hops, STS, and Supplication. When the Younger keg runs dry, they’ll tap another excellent hoppy beer, Modern Times DDH Dinosaur World.
Barbara’s at the Brewery
Lincoln Heights – February 22nd Barbara’s is celebrating their 21st anniversary on Saturday the 22nd so you know what that means! Expect a couple kegs of Younger tapped throughout the day alongside one of the best taplists of the year in Los Angeles.
Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar
Orange – February 22nd & 23rd, 9am Haven’s famous Russian River brunch is back again this year on both Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd starting at 9am. Pliny the Younger will be available to order by itself or as part of a special Russian River flight, with special commemorative glassware while supplies last. They also run a special #skiptheline contest going down on their Instagram @havencraftkitchen, so go give them a follow.
38 Degrees Alehouse
Monrovia – February 23rd, 11am The youngest 38 Degrees spot is also tapping Younger again, the next day on Sunday Feb 23rd at 11am. Same rules apply as Alhambra.
Congregation Ale House
Long Beach – February 23rd, 3pm Congregation will be tapping a 2nd keg of Pliny the Younger on Sunday the 23rd at 3pm. Get there early to secure your place in line!
The Local Peasant
Woodland Hills – February 24th The Local Peasant in Woodland Hills is hosting a Five-Course Beer vs Wine Dinner where attendees will receive a special 4oz pre-release pour of Pliny the Younger before the main tapping happening the next day. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 876-0105 for reservations.
Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria & Taproom
Rancho Santa Margarita – February 24th & 25th, 4:30pm Selma’s is tapping Pliny the Younger as part of their special Russian River tap takeover on Monday Feb 24th and Tues Feb 25th BUT you have to buy tickets on Sunday Feb 23rd in order to get a pour. Starting at 10am on the 23rd, tickets will go on sale at both of their locations, $15 cash will get you a pour and a commemorative glass. Other Russian River beers they’re pouring include Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Sanctification, Supplication, STS Pils, Row 2 Hill 46, and Salvation.
All Locations (Santa Monica, Culver City, Arts District) – February 24th – 27th Father’s Office opened up pour reservations for Pliny the Younger to their “Board Members” (subscribers to their text message list) where you can reserve your pour at any location over the courts of the 24th-26th. On Thursday, any remaining pours will be opened to the public (estimated about 20-30 pours per location, but not guaranteed). Details remain to be seen whether they’ll tap any surprise kegs this year, but with one extra location to feed, this could be it.
San Clemente – February 25th, 11am Round 2 at Pizza Port San Clemente is coming up Tues the 25th at 11am.
Claremont – February 25th, 3pm Eureka in Claremont is selling $13 tickets for a 9oz pour of Pliny the Younger, which can be redeemed at their bar starting at 3pm on Tuesday the 25th. They’ll also be tapping Pliny the Elder, STS Pils, Happy Hops, Row 2 Hill 56, Blind Pig, Salvation, Sanctification, and Supplication throughout the week.
The Local Peasant
Woodland Hills – February 25th, 4pm The Local Peasant in Woodland Hills is tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger on Tues 2/25 starting at 4pm. Limited to one 5oz pour per person.
Manhattan Beach – February 25th, 5pm BrewCo is tapping a second Younger keg on Tuesday the 25th at 5pm. But get there early, they ended up tapping before 5pm and sold out in 12 minutes last time! This one should go just as quick.
Sherman Oaks – February 25th, 6pm Boneyard tapped a surprise keg of Younger on Tuesday night. Likely little to no crowd at all. Keg may even last through the night!
Redlands – February 26th, 3pm Eureka in Redlands is selling $13 tickets for a 9oz pour of Pliny the Younger, which can be redeemed at their bar starting at 3pm on Wednesday the 26th. They’ll also be tapping Pliny the Elder, STS Pils, Happy Hops, Row 2 Hill 56, Blind Pig, Salvation, Sanctification, and Supplication throughout the week.
The Local Peasant
Sherman Oaks – February 26th, 4pm The Local Peasant in Sherman Oaks is tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger on Wed 2/26 starting at 4pm. Limited to one 5oz pour per person.
Glassell Park – February 26th, 8pm Verdugo Bar is tapping their keg of Younger on Wednesday the 26th. Doors open at 6pm where they will be passing out tickets on a first come, first served basis, which can then be redeemed for a pour of Younger when the tap the keg at 8pm. They’ll also have several other Russian River beers pouring throughout the night.
The Surly Goat
West Hollywood – February 27th, 6pm The Surly Goat in WeHo is tapping their keg of Pliny the Younger at Tuesday 2/26. Doors open at 6pm and the keg taps at 8pm.
The Bottle Room
Whittier – February 29th, 10am The Bottle Room finally announced their tapping of Pliny the Younger, going down Saturday Feb 29th. Doors open at 10am and I’m assuming first come, first served here.
Blue Palms Brewhouse
Hollywood – February 29th, 12pm Blue Palms will be tapping their second keg of Pliny the Younger on Saturday 2/29 alongside several other Russian River beers, including Elder, Blind Pig, Shadow of a Doubt, and more!
Pasadena – February 29th, 2pm Lucky Baldwins is tapping Pliny the Younger on Sat Feb 29th. Doors open at 8am, tickets start at 12pm and the keg taps at 2pm.
Echo Park – February 29th, 5pm Mohawk Bend will be tapping their final keg of Pliny the Younger to cap off the end of LA IPA Fest on Saturday the 29th. Keg will go on at 5pm after winners of the festival are announced. First come, first served.
Lucky Baldwin’s Delirium Cafe
Pasadena – March 1st, 10am Lucky Baldwins Delrium in Sierra Madre is tapping Pliny the Younger on Sun March 1st. Doors open at 8am, tickets start at 10am and the keg taps at 12pm.