Brewskius romani

There exists a beer — more precisely, an India pale ale — named after Pliny the Elder, author and military commander, who perished in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79.

Pliny the Elder Beer, photo by Jack Cluth

It is apparently highly regarded:

Hands down the most highly coveted IPA in the world. Only a small percentage of beer connoisseurs ever get to enjoy this exceptionally high rated double IPA fresh out of the bottle.

Jack Cluth, who uploaded the picture, reports: “It smells like soap and has a far too acidic, bitter taste.” Hmmm. Hints of volcanic ash, maybe?



  1. Bill Peschel »

    18 October 2015 · 2:39 pm

    A 10 for the idea, a 1 for the IPA. I’ve had some locally brewed IPAs, and they leave a harsh chemical aftertaste to me.

  2. Georganna Hancock (@GLHancock) »

    18 October 2015 · 2:55 pm

    I LOVE India Pale Ale! This one sounds good, although I prefer beer on tap – but bottles are better than cans. Full-bodied, hoppy beers are my favorite. San Diego is a center for craft brewing, but Santa Rosa isn’t very far away. I’ll keep my eyes open for Pliny.

  3. CGHill »

    18 October 2015 · 4:56 pm

    From what I could gather, that brew was served up in Manhattan Beach, which is even closer to you.

  4. McGehee »

    18 October 2015 · 5:52 pm

    An unhoppy beer would probably leave me unhappy, but Samuel Adams’ Hoppy Red assures me there are limits to what I like.

  5. Lynn »

    19 October 2015 · 7:32 am

    Never mind what it tastes like. Being rare automatically makes anything better. [/sarcasm]

  6. CGHill »

    19 October 2015 · 9:07 am

    For a steak, maybe.

  7. Georganna Hancock (@GLHancock) »

    19 October 2015 · 8:40 pm

    Chaz: I won’t drive up I-5 for NO beer, hoppy IPA or not! OTOH, today I remembered there’s a specialty beer shop right here in T-town! Good excuse for a visit to taste some forbidden brews. 8-)

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