(Santa Rosa, CA) – In the midst of the Winter Olympics, with countries vying for national pride, Russian River Brewing just achieved something grand for the USA tonight. The brewery claimed the top spot on Beer Advocate’s 100 Top Beers on Planet Earth with its Pliny the Younger Double IPA. Westvleteren 12, made by Trappist monks in Belgium, previously had a stronghold on the spot.
U.S. breweries still have their work cut out for them on RateBeer though with Westvleteren 12 and Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter having a comfortable lead over their U.S. counterparts.
Considering Beer Advocate is the largest beer site in the world, this news could travel. That doesn’t bode well for next year’s Pliny the Younger release, folks.