Russian River Brewing has won 'Beer of the Year' from readers of the American Homebrewers Association's magazine, Zymurgy. It's a three-peat for the brewery's Pliny the Elder, a double India Pale Ale.
The award, according to Russian River Brewing's Michael Deas, is significant within the brewing industry because it's a people's choice vote among "people who care a lot about beer."
"All the beers on the list with us are amazing," Deas said.
A total of 433 breweries and 1,306 beers were represented in the 2011 poll. Other Northern California breweries on the list included Chico's Sierra Nevada, Ft. Bragg's North Coast Brewing (Old Rasputin, 18th place), San Francisco's Anchor Steam and Healdsburg's Bear Republic (Racer 5, 29th place). Russian River Brewing's Blind Pig IPA was listed 43rd. The magazine also ranked breweries based on the total votes received by each of their beers. Russian River ranked fifth, followed by Petaluma's Lagunitas, 12th; and Bear Republic Brewing in Healdsburg, 24th.
Press Democrat Poll
What type of warning did you receive about last October’s fires? (Multiple responses allowed)
Official alert on my landline: 5 percent
Official alert on my cellphone: 17 percent
Neighbor warned me: 14 percent
Family member or friend warned me: 28 percent
Police or fire came to my home to warn me: 5 percent
None: 43 percent
Don’t know: 1 percent
In the future, how would you like to be notified about a fire or other impending disaster?
Phone call: 31 percent
Text message: 30 percent
Email: 1 percent
Air raid siren: 28 percent
Other (specify): 7 percent
Don’t know: 3 percent
Do you think Sonoma County is more prepared today to warn you about fires or disasters than it was last year?
Yes: 54 percent
No: 31 percent
Don’t know: 15 percent
SOURCE: The Press Democrat Poll/David Binder Research