Here’s the beer you should be holding in your hand this weekend – it’s Pliny the Elder. It’s one to sit back and sip away at because it’s kicking with flavor and is worth savoring. There’s a reason this beer is so popular and consistently receives perfect marks. In fact, Beer Advocate has given it a perfect score of 100 points. Obviously, this beer is not joke.
Pliny the Elder is brewed by Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California. I stopped into this brewery last week while I was in Northern California. Rock music played over the speakers and the clientele was a rough and tumble crew filled with bikers. But, they brew some good suds and while I wouldn’t have placed this particular scene with such a notable brewery, it was a part of the appeal. They haven’t swayed from their roots even with the fame they’ve garnered.
This highly hopped beer is aptly named. The wise old Pliny the Elder was prominent in Roman times and is known for identifying and naming the hop plant, Lupus Salictarius, a quintessential ingredient in beer. This beer is not to be missed, especially if you’re a hop lover like the rest of the craft brew crowd.
Here’s the skinny:
Pliny the Elder
Style: American Double IPA
Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe
Make sure to do something crazy with the rest of your weekend.