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Pliny the Younger’s exit from Russian River Brewing Company postponed due to COVID outbreak

NO LATER THAN January 13, 9:54 a.m. The Russian River Brewing Company has announced that it is delaying the release of its coveted Pliny the Younger beer. The new release date is scheduled for March 25 to April 7.

“Not only is Sonoma County experiencing a record spike in COVID cases and an increase in hospitalizations, but we are in the midst of our own internal push,” Russian River said in a statement posted on its website.

In the statement, the brewery revealed that 20 employees had tested positive for COVID-19 since the week before Christmas. Russian River said it has never seen so many employees absent from work at any given time.

“For the safety of not only our employees but our community as a whole, this was the only responsible and logical choice to make considering all of these contributing factors,” the statement read.

November 26, 2021, 1:00 p.m. One of the Bay Area’s most beloved beers will soon be available for purchase in person.

Pliny the Younger, a beer many obsess over and relish, will be on sale again after only being available online last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The beer manufacturer, Russian River Brewing, announced on its website the dates for the in-person sales of Pliny the Younger. The beer will be on sale at the brewery’s Santa Rosa and Windsor breweries from February 4-17.

“The entire RRBC team missed seeing our many regular and first-time visitors from around the world last year after canceling the in-person outing due to COVID,” Russian River Brewing said in a statement. . “We are excited to resume our pre-COVID schedule, releasing Pliny the Younger on the first FRIDAY in February, rain or shine!”

Customers drink glasses of Pliny the Younger from Russian River Brewing at the Russian River Brewing Company on February 1, 2019 in Windsor, California.

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Online beer sales, which replaced in-person sales last year, have been halted.

Pliny the Younger is known to sell out, especially in the afternoons and evenings on the busiest days. Russian River said it would allocate a number of cases and kegs to each pub to ensure the supply lasts two weeks.

The hoppy, ABV-rich drink has become a cult classic in the Bay Area and beyond, with many lining up to buy their own supply. Wait times sometimes reached eight hours.

Each beer is served in 10-ounce glasses, and single customers can only purchase three. Guests are limited to a three-hour stay, a number that may be reduced due to high traffic or weather.