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Russian River ale named world's best beer

Q: What is strong and comes in small portions only, is available in just a few locations, and requires a wait in long lines after many months?

Oh, and you can't buy it now and won't be able to for nearly a year.

If you're a beer lover you likely already know.

2012: Pliny The Younger Release At Russian River Brewing Co.

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The answer is: The world's best beer.

This year, according to BeerAdvocate, it is Pliny the Younger, the Russian River Brewing Co.'s wunderkind craft brew.

The ultra-hoppy, limited edition Triple India Pale Ale is released once a year and sells out in a couple of weeks. The release in February drew hundreds of fans to Santa Rosa from around the country and beyond.

"It's a magnificent beer," said Ken Weaver, a beer writer and author of the "The Northern California Craft Beer Guide."

At the brewery's Fourth Street pub, manager and bartender Gabe Rivera was pleased but took the news in stride.

"This is, what, the third year," he said.

It's the fourth, actually.


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