Quick backstory. By now, you better be aware that Sierra Nevada does wonders with hops. The grow and source some of the best in the world. The Harvest Series is designed to highlight some of the best hybrids, or experimental hops in the industry. For release #1, The Idaho 7 hop, from the land of potatoes.
On our never-ending quest for exciting hop flavors we stumbled upon a pioneering hop grower in western Idaho working with a handful of new and interesting varietals. One of these captivating hops, Idaho 7, headlines the first of five bottles in our 2015 edition of the Harvest series. Complex fruity aromas of orange and apricot mesh with hints of black tea-like character and a pleasant fresh herbal bouquet. This IPA kicks off our 2015 series exploring diverse hopping methods: single hop, fresh hop, wet hop and wild hop.
Sierra Nevada Harvest Idaho 7 will be available for a limited time in 16.8 oz bottles. Drink as fresh as possible.
Hops: Idaho 7
Availability: 16.8 oz bottles
Read more: Sierra Nevada Harvest Series
Sierra Nevada Kolsch, winner of the Great American Beer Festival Gold and Silver, looks to receive a little bottle treatment this year. The light bodied beer has been a draft only offering in the past.
From Cologne to California, Kolsch-style beers are a favorite around the world, prized for their incredible drinkability while maintaining a depth of flavor. As our stamp on the style, this Kolsch-style has a punch of bright, citrusy American whole-cone hops to add West Coast character it is well–traveled ale.
Sierra Nevada Kolsch will be available in 12oz bottles. Look for it in the Sierra Nevada Summer Pack.
Availability: 12oz Bottles
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Sierra Nevada Revenge of the Pith
Sierra Nevada’s Mills River, North Carolina location has teamed up with the North Carolina Brewers Guild to present the Inaugural Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival.
The new festival features big, bold, malt-forward, strong beers like imperial stouts and barleywines from more than 50 breweries across the United States. Featured breweries include Allagash Brewing Company (ME), Epic Brewing Company (UT), Dogfish Head Brewery (DE), Flying Dog Brewery (MD), and Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery (NC).
“You can always cut the chill of winter with a big beer, and the options from American craft brewers are endless,” said Brian Grossman, second-generation brewer and co-manager of Sierra Nevada’s Mills River brewery. “Here in North Carolina, winters are a little longer and a little colder than we were used to in California, so we’re breaking out the Barleywines to celebrate that. We’re excited to see what our brewing friends bring for beer fans—what new twists they’ll use to give their brawny releases an extra edge.”
Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival will be on March 28th, 2015. Festival Overview:
- WHEN: Saturday, March 28, from 12–4 p.m.
- WHAT: Rare beer, local food, live music, good cause, great times for all
- WHERE: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC 28732
- TICKETS: $65 general admission. $30 designated driver. On sale starting today, February 9, at 10 a.m. EST online at www.SierraNevada.com/BurlyBeers. Must be 21 years or older to attend.
Sierra Nevada’s Hop Hunter IPA is hitting shelves around the U.S. This new IPA uses steam distilled wet hops, directly from the brewery’s hop fields. The result is a highly aromatic IPA, unlike most of the beers out there.
If the idea is still a little foreign, try this video animation.
Sierra Nevada River Ryed Rye IPA take aim at the brewery’s can lineup. The rye malt based IPA promises the signature Sierra Nevada hop profile, with the spiciness of rye. In cans no less.
This hop-forward beer features intense citrus and herbal hop flavor balanced by the peppery spice of rye for a dry delicious end to a rafting journey.
Sierra Nevada River Ryed Rye IPA will be available in 12oz cans. The brewery has not yet announced River Ryed. It is indeed similar to Ruthless Rye, in description.
Beer Street Journal has reached out to the brewery for more information. This article will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
Note: This is a “first look” preview. Details are subject to change at anytime by the brewery.