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Pining For ‘Younger’: Rare, Much-Heralded Beer Soon To Dry-Up In Phila.

Rocco Renzetti, manager of Khyber Pass. (Credit: Rocco Renzetti)

Rocco Renzetti, manager of Khyber Pass. (Credit: Rocco Renzetti)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For the past few weeks, beer lovers have been on a feeding (or, drinking) frenzy at select bars throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs. The annual run of Pliny the Younger comes to an end this week.

Since the end of February, beer lovers have been answering the clarion call for what many experts consider to be the best beer in the world. Pliny the Younger is made by Russian River Brewery in California. Philadelphia is the only city on the east coast that gets it.

Khyber Pass in Old City is one of the few bars that serves it. “Well, it’s an exceptional beer,” says manager Rocco Renzetti. “I think the flavors that work really, really well together.”

Khyber planned to open the doors at 11 a.m. Tuesday for what will be a very brief appearance from The Younger.

“I’ve seen it go in 15 minutes. It’s one of those things where you can literally pull the tap handle and never have to shut it off as long as you have an assembly line of glassware going underneath it.”

It’s first come, first served (some bars and restaurants require tickets for a taste). It costs $10 for a ten ounce glass.

Those who miss it can get one last shot at the Younger on Wednesday morning at Bishop’s Collar. Doors open at 10 a.m.

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