Pliny the Elder cannot be stopped.
For the sixth year in a row, the double India pale ale from Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, Calif., has been named the “Best Commercial Beer in America” by Zymurgy magazine.
Each year, the magazine asks American Homebrewers Association members to vote in an online poll for up to 20 of their favorite beers. This is the 12th year of the poll.
The top 10 brews this year are:
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder.
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.
3. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA.
4. Bell’s Hopslam.
5. The Alchemist Heady Topper.
6. Lagunitas Sucks.
7. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.
8. Stone Enjoy By IPA.
9. Founders Breakfast Stout.
10. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.
Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland tied for 47th. It was the only Ohio beer among the top 50.
Russian River — which isn’t available in Ohio — also won the honor as the top-ranked brewery in the poll. It had five beers place in the top 50.
Bell’s was second and Stone was third. Great Lakes was ranked as the 23rd best brewery.
More than 1,600 breweries were represented in the poll, the association said.
“As brewers, AHA members know when they experience excellence in a craft beer,” AHA Director Gary Glass said in a release. “It is a very high honor for a brewery to be recognized by this group as having the best beer in America. The consistency in the poll results indicates that the discerning palettes of these homebrewers recognize quality and are not easily influenced by the latest fads.”
Millersburg Brewing Co. in Millersburg took home the People’s Choice award for best brewery and the judges’ award for best beer for its Doc’s Scotch Ale at the Rhythm & Brews beer tasting in Canton.
The event, held last week at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, supported Arc of Ohio-Stark County. The group raised $14,615.
The third annual Bottle My Brew Ohio Homebrew Challenge is returning to West Point Market in Akron.
As with the previous competitions, any Ohio homebrewer is welcome to submit a beer for the contest, which includes $2,500 in cash and other prizes.
The winning beer will be made at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and distributed through West Point and other locations.
Entries are due by Aug. 16 at West Point, 1711 W. Market St. The winner — and others who finish in the top 10 — are announced during the grocer’s Best of Ohio Craft Beer Tasting in October.
To see all the rules or to download an entry form, go to www.westpointmarket.com.
Naked beer festival
The Bare Beach Beer Bash at Sunny Rest Resort in Pennsylvania is one of the most unusual beer tastings in the world. It’s held at a nudist resort.
“It’s not your typical beer fest, and not just because it’s held at a nude resort, but because you get to meet some really great people without anyone judging you based on what clothes you’re wearing or which cool beer shirt you have on,” Rob DeMaria of Prism Brewing Co. told the Pocono Record.