Russian River’s Pliny the Elder has long been a fan favorite. Whispers of Pliny sightings pass between beer nerds, the ones lucky enough to lay eyes on this Imperial IPA anyway. And long has this west coast mainstay been at the top of the list, 8 years to be exact. Zymurgy magazine releases its yearly Best Beers list every June, outlining the voted favorites of the year. This year, much to the surprise of its readers, the king has been dethroned.