Beer lovers from all over are expected to descend on Santa Rosa on Friday for Russian River Brewing Co.'s once-a-year limited release of its coveted Pliny the Younger triple IPA.
Here are some essential things to know before lining up outside the downtown pub.
Release date: Friday, Feb. 2 through Feb. 15
Address: 725 4th St. Santa Rosa
Doors open: 11 a.m.
History: Even though Pliny the Younger was first tapped in 2005, mobs didn’t start crashing the party until 2010 when Beer Advocate ratings crowned it the No. 1 beer in the world. That same year, Russian River Brewing Co. owners Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo were totally blindsided and sold out in hours. By now, they have the hoppy two-week procession down to a science.
Here are the rules (or regula, in Pliny’s Latin):
- Pub capacity is 135 people.
- Once you’ve braved the lines, you can hang in the pub for no more than three hours with a max of three 10-ounce pours per person.
- Pliny is never bottled or sold in growlers.
- No drinking or smoking while in line No tents allowed, but chairs, umbrellas and rain gear (it’s been known to rain in February) are encouraged.
- No cuts (unless you’re one of the 14 daily line-cutting raffle winners who contributed $25 per raffle ticket in a fundraiser sponsored by the brewery following the October wildfires)
For more information on Russian River Brewing go here
Camping Made Easy
Autocamp Russian River: Airstream trailer accommodations offered year-round, priced at $195-$425 a night, depending on the season and day of the week. The luxury tents are offered from May through October, for $139-$225 a night. Reserve your space at autocamp.com. 707-604-6103.
Here are a few other “glamping” resorts to consider when you plan your staycation on the North Coast this summer:
Coast Vacation Trailers: This Fort Bragg company rents 19 RV trailers that they will drive to your campsite along the Mendocino Coast, from the Westport Beach RV Campground and MacKerricher State Park south to Van Damme State Park and the Albion River Campground. The trailers sleep from two to nine people and come with firewood, paper products and some or all of the linens. Rates start at $200 a night, not including campground fee. Pet-friendly, with some rules and $10 a night fee for dogs. To submit a request, include number of people and the name of the campground where you have made your reservation to coastvacationtrailers.com. 707-962-9294.
Terra Glamping: This resort perched 430 feet above the Pacific Ocean in Annapolis offers 10 safari tents with memory foam beds and ocean views. Two-night minimum on weekends. Rates start at $250 per night. 33005 Coast Highway. 646-801-8076. terraglamping.com.
Hipcamp: Known as the Airbnb of camping, this website can help you reserve a site at private, previously off-limit spots like Salmon Creek Ranch in Bodega as well as public parks such as Austin Creek State Recreation Area in Guerneville that offer a more unique experience than a more typical campground. hipcamp.com