Monk’s Cafe taps rare beer for charity during Pliny the Younger Day

Call it Christmas for beer nerds. Every year, Russian River Brewing Co. of Santa Rosa, Calif., releases its Pliny the Younger, a 10.25% ABV Triple India Pale Ale, to a select few bars, and tipplers across the region go in search of the elusive beer.

Monk’s Cafe is a regular recipient of Pliny the Younger. The longtime Center City Belgian beer bar has been celebrating the annual Pliny the Younger stash with a day dedicated to the brew, with proceeds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the locally based charity that funds research for neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. Founder Alexandra Scott died in 2004 at the age of 8. Alex’s mother, Liz, was on hand to help pour beers for thirsty Philadelphians. Last year’s event raised more than $22,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

East Norriton’s Steve Yackin was the first to begin the queue at 8 a.m. Monday. By 2 p.m., the Monk’s Facebook page was advertising 1½ hour wait times. By 4:30 p.m., Pliny the Younger Day event planner Felicia D’Ambrosio reported $20,000 raised.