It’s a beer made for quenching the thirst you develop when watching exhausting debates, creating political memes or sitting down to fill out your mail-in ballot.

The Russian River Brewing Co. has again thrown their favorite son’s name into the ring. “Pliny for President” — a double dry-hopped version of their ultra-popular Pliny the Elder — will be available from now through the end of election season.

He’s a perennial candidate, having run in every presidential election since 2008. And always with the same platform: “Free the hops.” (This year’s limited release contains new hop varieties, according to the brewers.)

Russian River is reaching out to a new bloc of drinkers this year: Pliny for Prez comes in cans for the first time.

What do the polls say about the 2020 candidate?

“Strong hop forward, beautifully balanced bitter, piney palette dance with a crisp dry finish. Medium amber yellow glow entices the eye. Smooth & delicious, powerful, yet humble & wise. Perfect candidate for the highest public position in the free world!” wrote Eddie P. on

“Tasty for a double but too strong for me,” Lee B. said.

“Love the pliny front, tasty balanced middle and big finish. Yum.” was the verdict of Michael B.

And Jeff C. said: “I cast my ballot,” declaring it the “best third-party option ever.”

Pliny for President can be purchased from the website (for shipping within California) and at the brewery’s Santa Rosa and Windsor brewpubs — or check your local retailer/brewpub.



By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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