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Inspired by the documentary "Beer Wars" I have taken on the daunting task of profiling a different beer every day in the month of November. The idea is to shine a light on some of the fabulous beers that don't have huge advertising budgets and don't command shelf space in the local super markets. These are the beers that you will find in the local taverns served by people who know and love beer.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 1 "Pliny the Elder" from Russian River Brewing

November 1
Pliny the Elder

Hailing from The Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California, this Double IPA weighs in at a beefy 8.00% ABV.  To say this beer is hoppy would be an enormous understatement.  This is a gigantic beer and one of my current favorites.

Fun Fact: Pliny the Elder is named for the Gaius Plinius Secundus (23 AD – August 25, 79), the Natural Philosopher who first gave hops their botanical name, "Lupus salictarius", meaning wolf among scrubs."

On of my favorite local watering holes, Samuel Hornes Tavern, usually has Pliny on tap along with 15 other hand crafted American made draught beers.

Make sure when you order your Pliny the Elder you pronounce it correctly.  I have heard PLINE-E and PLIN-E. PLIN-E is the correct pronunciation according to our Beertender Dylan.

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