Just one more week let to get yourself a glass of Pliny the Younger at Russian River. The brewpub on Fourth Street will pour its last drop for the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Russian River co-owner Natalie Cilurzo tells me that the crowds have been unusual large this year, with waits as long as 12 hours on the opening weekend, despite torrential rain.
“The neighbors have been mostly tolerant of the long lines in front of their businesses. For that we are very grateful,” she tells us. “A local girl scout troop was canvassing the line Sunday and probably sold about a million boxes of cookies! Budding entrepreneurs. Supercuts is doing a great business with the folks in line, and Ting Hau is selling lots of spring rolls. ”
The brew pub can only hold about 130 people at a time, but it has managed to serve about 1,000 customers per day, she said, and supply has been holding steady – the earliest the bar has run out of The Younger is 7 p.m. Sometimes it has run much later into the evening.
Beer fanatics elsewhere, meanwhile, can start to enjoy their own Pliny The Younger. The first kegs went out locally earlier this week and the shipment for Southern California left the brewery on Thursday. Accounts in Oregon, Colorado, and Pennsylvania should start getting their coveted kegs next week.
Next up for Russian River is the 10th anniversary party in April. No details to share yet – Natalie said she won’t get serious about planning that until the Pliny the Younger frenzy is over. We’ll keep you updated.
– Sean Scully