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Russian River Brewing postpones Pliny the Younger 2022 beer release

in Food

Russian River Brewing’s event of the year — the release of Pliny the Younger — has been postponed.

Not surprisingly, the COVID-19 Omicron variant is the reason.

“Not only is Sonoma County experiencing a record-shattering spike in COVID cases and increased hospitalizations, but we are in the midst of our own internal surge,” the brewers announced, with 20 employees since before Christmas either testing positive or quarantining because of exposure. Both the Santa Rosa and Windsor brewpubs had to close for a week in early January because of short staffing, and hours have been reduced on other days.

“This is unprecedented,” the website said. “We, as a company, have never had this many employees out at one time for any reason, including wildfire evacuations.”

But there’s good news ahead for the Pliny fan club.

First, the release isn’t being canceled, just delayed. Right now they are looking at the dates of March 25 to April 7 at both brewpubs. (Silver lining: Better weather for standing in line at that time of year.)

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Alternative Lifestyle — Despite Buzz About “Better-For-You” Beer, COVID-19 Accelerates Already Strong Double IPA Sales

in Business

“If you called me right now and said, ‘Hey man, I want to do a collaboration,’ I’d say, ‘Okay cool, what are we doing that’s over 8% [ABV]?’”

John Gillooly, brewmaster at Drake’s Brewing Co. in San Leandro, California, isn’t speaking hypothetically. While preparing for a recent collaboration with Santa Rosa, California’s HenHouse Brewing Company, he and his counterpart at HenHouse didn’t even discuss any beer recipes under 7%. They decided on an 8.1% Double IPA they called Early Birds.

“It’s got to be something strong, that’s what people want,” Gillooly says.

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