Often times you read or hear so much about a beer before you taste it that there’s no way it can live up to the expectation. You’re only setting yourself up for failure, right? Wrong. At least that wasn’t the case with this beer. Continue reading
The Beer: Russian River Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, “Lupus salictarius”, meaning wolf among scrubs.” Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
8.0%ABV, 1.071 O.G
Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (Double IPA Category)
Actually, that’s not a good enough reason. Obviously I’m biased because I live here, brew here, and drink here. Anytime I use an absolute quantifier word like “best” it’s bound to ruffle some feathers. But I’ve come prepared for the debate with the facts! Continue reading
…I was trying to decide between two Russian River Brewing IPAs; Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. I have had Pliny on a few different occasions and it’s always a winner, but I opted for the Blind Pig this time around because I’ve never had it…