Russian River Pliny the Elder

Russian River Pliny the Elder is named for the first person to write about hops

Bay Area beer titan Vinnie Cilurzo created Russian River Brewing's first double IPA in 2000 for friend Vic Kralj, who owns The Bistro in nearby Hayward and was hosting the inaugural Double IPA Festival.

Cilurzo named the bold beer for Pliny the Elder, who is credited with first writing about Lupus salictarius, otherwise known as hops. This cloudy, copper-hued, well-balanced beer is crafted with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ and Simcoe hops and has an enticing aroma, reminiscent of a pine forest. Pliny the Elder succumbed in heroic fashion while rescuing friends during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.; you can now drink like a hero with Russian River's iconic IPA.

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Beer type : IPA Price: $5.99 for 500 ml. ABV: 8%

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