Pliny the Elder is brewed by Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA. Still haven't found it here in WNY.
That's Founder's right? They make a nice tropical tasting IPA, I think it's called Azacca and it comes in cans. The 15 pack is a nice touch as well. Their Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale has been a warming companion on a few snow shoeing trips. It'll warm you right up on a chilly morning...but you have to be careful it'll hit you right in the booboo.
I tried Pliny the Elder for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing. I was kind of burned out on IPAs, but this one has renewed my interest.
It doesn't suck
It's the "West Coast" of NY state which has beach front on 2 Great Lakes.
Never been there and haven't tasted the beer.
Bell's makes Third Coast Beer, since Michigan is almost all lake shore.
I agree west coast and Buffalo don't jive, but the taste is what matters. I have yet to taste Pliny the Elder but have heard great things. Voodoo Ranger is very good as well. Have you tried Space Kitty Double IPA from Rohrbach in Rochester, NY? I'm still searching for that elusive feline....I hear it is sublime.
I never tire of a good west coast IPA: 12 Gates looks good, although a brew from Buffalo called "west coast" seems unusual.
Once every 5 or 6 weeks I get my mitts on Pliny the Elder; otherwise I'm happy with Odell IPA and more recently Voodoo Ranger from New Belgium. Also from Fort Collins, Zwei Brewing has a Willie Nelson IPA that is very good. A friend brought me a big can (crowler?) of it last week. Closer to Denver, in Lafayette, Odd13 Brewing has been making good hoppy beers. When I lived in Kansas, I really enjoyed their seasonal brews. Rye on Rye and Bourbon barrell Quad really packed a punch! February will bring more stouts and porters: Denver's Dry Dock Brewing has a chocolate peanut butter porter that is really good.
West Coast IPA
2 row barley,crystal and victory malt, flaked oats, warrior and citra hops
a righteous brew
It's aged in rye whiskey barrels and flavored like a Sazarac. I tried the Boulevard Rye on Rye on Rye and loved it, so I thought I'd try this. ABV is over 10 so that always makes me happy.