The votes are in and it’s official. Pliny the Younger beer has been named best in the world by Beer Advocate.
The Russian River Brewing Company‘s brew has users salivating on the user-driven beer review site.
Pliny the Younger beer is almost a true Triple IPA, with triple the amount of hops used in regular India pale ales – but Russian River doesn’t make the stuff all that frequently due to the time commitment it takes. It’s released at Russian River pub on the first Friday of February and is on the market for just two weeks!
Pliny the Younger, the man, was Pliny the Elder’s nephew and adopted son. They lived nearly 2,000 years ago! Pliny the Elder is our Double IPA, so we felt it was fitting to name our Triple IPA after his son. It is almost a true Triple IPA with triple the amount of hops as a regular I.P.A. That said, it is extremely difficult, time and space consuming, and very expensive to make. And that is why we don’t make it more often! This beer is very full-bodied with tons of hop character in the nose and throughout. It is also deceptively well-balanced and smooth.
The Santa Rosa, California-based brewery is owned by Vinnie Cilurzo, who taught himself how to home brew beer by the time he was 18. Russian River reopened as a brewpub in downtown Santa Rosa in 2004, and in 2008, a production brewery was added. The pub has become a community gathering place as well as a beer tourism destination.
Free live shows are hosted every weekend.
In honor of this being American Craft Beer Week, take a look at Beer Advocate’s top 10 all-time beers below:
- Can There Really Be a Best Beer? (esquire.com)
- Pliny the Younger Beer (therobotmusteat.com)
- Chasing the elusive Pliny the Younger Beer (seattletimes.nwsource.com)