Pliny the Younger at Monk's Cafe

The main reason for our trip to Philadelphia was very  It was the annual release of Pliny the Younger, an Imperial IPA from Russian River that is virtually impossible to get anywhere on the East Coast.  The event was scheduled to kick off at 11:30 am at Monk's Cafe.  We arrived at 10:00 am and there were already over 100 people waiting in line outside.  Luckily Monk's has done this many times before and they had a set up that worked perfect.  A little over two hours later and we were sitting inside each with our glass of Pliny.

It was amazing how many people showed up for just a taste of this beer.  I have to admit it was wonderful...not my favorite Double IPA but a great one for sure.  I actually enjoy the Pliny the Elder a bit better, which they also had on tap, in addition to some other fantastic beers.

And some amazing bottles...

I mean really amazing bottles...

It was fantastic   We stayed for quite a while until hunger hit and we had to leave for a burger at Good Dog Bar then onto Farmer's Cabinet for a tasty plate of cheese and meat and a little bit of live music.

It was a quick but wonderful trip filled with so much great beer it kind of blew my mind.  But now it's back to NYC where a new beer bar may be the best place yet...

Monks Cafe

Pliny The Younger