Sunday, February 20, 2011

Peanuts & Beer

On the way back from wine country, we stopped in Santa Rosa to see what this Pliny the Younger triple IPA was all about. Pliny the Younger is a local favorite released for only 2 weeks annually by the Russian River Brewing Company. We got to the pub at 11:30AM and the bar was already packed, in fact, we almost didn't get a table! All in all, it's worth the hype: wonderfully hoppy and youthful, as the name suggests.
We tried Pliny the Elder as well, which is on tap all year round...let's just leave it at, this place knows its beer. If you are ever in the area, it's definitely worth a visit.
After a few rounds of The Younger, we set out on the streets of Santa Rosa, where Charles Shultz lived while he created The Peanuts comics. In fact, the city wished to pay homage to his life’s work by erecting a statue - but Shultz refused a statue in his likeness, and instead, suggested one of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. They obliged with a lovely bronze statue in the town square and since then, many others statues of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and Woodstock have popped up around town.
The Peanuts are a huge part of my childhood (almost as huge as The Muppets) so we set out on an impromptu scavenger hunt to find as many character statues as possible. With each spotting, my giddiness grew - it was a ton of fun and an unexpected way to spend the afternoon! We found quite a few statues - check out the photos here!

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