Pliny the Elder rules again. The beer from Russian River Brewing Co. was selected as the "Best Commercial Beer in America" for the fifth consecutive year by readers of Zymurgy magazine, the journal of the American Homebrewers Association.
Each year, the magazine asks readers to vote for up to 20 of their favorite beers in an online poll. As in recent years, India pale ales and double India pale ales shined, making up eight of the top 10 beers.
The top 10 beers were:
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell's Two Hearted Ale
3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
4. Bell's Hopslam Ale
5. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
6. Founders Breakfast Stout
7. Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
8. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
T9. Lagunitas Sucks
T9. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
T9. Stone Brewing Co. Ruination IPA
Only one beer from Ohio made the top 50. Edmund Fitzgerald, a porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, tied for 39th.
More than 1,100 breweries were represented in the poll. The top-ranked brewery was Stone Brewing Co., which had five beers in the top 50. Russian River took second with five beers, followed by the Sierra Nevada Brewing in third with four beers making the list.
"The homebrewers that make up the membership of the AHA are amongst the most discerning craft beer drinkers in the country," AHA Director Gary Glass said in a prepared statement. "For a brewery to be recognized as making the best beer in America by this group is a high honor indeed."
The association also recognized Boston Beer Co. for having the "Best Portfolio of Beers." Boston Beer, maker of Samuel Adams, had 40 beers receive votes. The other top breweries in that category were: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Avery Brewing, Cigar City Brewing and Sierra Nevada. Great Lakes finished tied for 23rd with 18 beers receiving votes.
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