Sierra Nevada

Chico, California & Mills River, North Carolina

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Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose, a first taste

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez bottle

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez will join the brewery’s year-round lineup in January, 2016.

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez is a goes-style offering; definitely departure from their library of hop forward beers. After 5 years of working to perfect this recipe, this final recipe features prickly pear cactus and grapefruit.

“We wanted to make one of the easiest drinking craft beers out there, and funny enough Otra Vez has been a bear to get just right,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “We brewed several test batches a week for nearly a year, and even delicate changes made a big difference. Then it all clicked with perfect balance and complexity. We think folks will really enjoy it.”

Today we got to taste this beer a few weeks ahead of the launch. It’s crazy good. Sierra’s nearly 2 years of test batches show not only the breweries desire to get Otra Vez right, but to perfect the American version of the style. (Which means cactus and grapefruit in this case.) The taste is tart (with grapefruit overtones), while still being crisp. Touch of salt on the finish. A 6 pack won’t last you very long.

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez will be a draft,12 ounce bottle and can offering. Bottles first, cans by the end of January, 2016.

Style: Gose (w/ Cactus, Grapefruit.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-round
Release: January, 2016

4.5% ABV

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Sierra Nevada Five Hop Experimental IPA headed to Variety Pack

Sierra Nevada Five Hop Experimental IPA

Sierra Nevada Five Hop Experimental IPA arrives in January, part of the 4-Way Variety Pack.

Boast 5 hop varieties that aren’t even named yet, Five Hop Experimental IPA promises to be an India pale ale flavor you’ve never tried before.

Our quest for unique hop flavor led us to the Yakima Valley to explore a mix of vintage and newly developed hop varietals – so so cutting edge they are known only by numbers. This blend creates compelling flavors of vanilla, cedar, coconut, and orange for an IPA like we’ve never tasted before.

Sierra Nevada Five Hop Experimental IPA will be part of the next 4-Way Variety Pack, with 3 other hop forward offerings, to be announced.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles. Variety pack offering.
Release: January, 2016


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Sierra Nevada Alpha Hops Society coming in 2016

Sierra Nevada Alpha Hops Society

Sierra Nevada Alpha Hops Society debuts in 2016. The club, like so many other brewery membership programs, will give paid members access to beers the public won’t.

AHS membership is a year-long pass jumping you to the front of the line for what’s next at Sierra Nevada.
Most of all, AHS is a backstage pass for the beer-obsessed and your ticket into the weird and wonderful world of small-batch beers at Sierra Nevada.

The membership package will set you back $250 dollars a year. There are pickup dates each quarter, at Chico, CA, Mills River, NC, and the Torpedo Room in Berkeley, CA.

What that gets you:

  • Twelve 750mL bottles of extremely limited barrel-aged beers (350 bottles or fewer!)
  • Alpha Hop-only access to quarterly cellar tours, barrel tastings, Pilot brewery samplings, and other beer-focused events.
  • A first taste of new beers from Sierra Nevada
  • Early access and invites to Sierra Nevada events and festivals.
  • Guided tastings of vintage beers and other exclusive creations.
  • AHS t-Shirt
  • Growler
  • Monthly newsletter detailing the Alpha Hop beers and other small-batch events at Sierra Nevada.
  • AHS Membership Card

All the beers that will be available in 2016 have not been announced yet. What we do know is coming – an American Wild Red Ale, a Barrel-Aged Stock Scotch-style AleAged in Brandy and Absinthe BarrelBarrel-Aged Pentuppel with Chilies.

Memberships can be purchased right now, for $250. [Membership]

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Returns in 2016, With 30 Breweries

Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA/Mills River, NC) will re-create the Beer Camp Across America Series again in 2016. Today, the brewery released a little teaser video, now that the brewery process has already begun.

Last years Beer Camp featured 12 breweries creating their own Beer Camp recipes around the United States. The 2016 party will feature 30 breweries, chosen in six regions of the United States. (See graphic below).

These 30 breweries are in groups of five (plus a brewer from Sierra Nevada). Each will devise a new recipe for the Beer Camp Across America mixed pack, coming in 2016.

Next year, expect Beer Camp Across America release parties and special events in the six regions, starting with Northern California.

In the meantime, flashback to Beer Camp Across America 2014’s lineup.

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Stone Brewing Co. & Sierra Nevada team up with a hoppy result

Stone Sierra NXS IPA

Stone Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada have teamed up, and the result will be in glass and bottles very soon. This is NXS IPA.

What it is.

Stone/Sierra Nevada NXS IPA is a blend of fresh hop IPAs, plus some barrel-aged IPAs. The official break down of the blend will be revealed soon.

In the meantime, you can expect Stone/Sierra Nevada NXS IPA in 22 ounce bottles and draft. If you are wondering if your market will receive this collaboration, we would say chances are – yes. Sierra Nevada has 50 state distribution, and Stone Brewing Co. damn near covers all 50 as well. (Plus a few others countries I saw once on Carmen San Diego.)

However, that hasn’t been announced yet either. Radar this one while the details come together.

More to follow… 

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Sierra Nevada 35th Anniversary Our Brewer’s Reserve, a bottle potential

Sierra Nevada 35th Anniversary Our Brewer's Reserve

35 years of craft brewing is reason to celebrate. Meet Sierra Nevada 35th Anniversary Our Brewer’s Reserve.

The story is one I’m sure you’ve heard before, Ken Grossman, a young home brewer, took that passion and opened a beer supply store. By 1979 he had started work on brewery using recycled dairy equipment. In 1980, Sierra Nevada opened.

Sierra Nevada 35th Anniversary Our Brewer’s Reserve celebrates decades of craft brewing, with a strong ale partially aged in bourbon barrels. Available in 25.4 ounce bottles.

The brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: American Strong Ale (Partially Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 25.4 oz Bottles
Release: TBA

8% ABV

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Sierra Nevada Sidecar

Sierra Nevada Sidecar

Sierra Nevada Sidecar