This fall, shelves across the United States will see Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest in bottles. If you know anything about Sierra Nevada, then you probably know there is much more to the story than just a well made festbier.
Starting in August and changing each release, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest will be a collaboration with a German brewery. First up is Brauhaus Riegele from Augsburg, Germany. Active since 1386, the brewery is run by Master Brewer Dr. Sebastian Priller-Riegele and his son Sebastian Priller-Riegele (very much like the Grossmans of Sierra Nevada).
“We’re honored that Brauhaus Riegele, a real cornerstone of German craft brewing, is kicking off this Oktoberfest collaboration with us,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “We’re both family owned, our children are hands on, and we share a passion for great beer. We’re aligned in so many ways, and we’re excited about the outstanding beer that’s emerged.”
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, a collaboration with Brauhaus Riegele, will be available in 12 ounce bottles in August, 2015.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: August, 2015
Sierra Nevada Ovila Series will be expanding soon with the addition of Ovila Abbey Golden. Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Series benefits the nearby Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California.
Each release is a modern take on Belgian-style abbey ales. Recent additions to the lineup feature ingredients like plums and mandarin oranges that are grown at the Abbey. Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Golden will feature pomegranates grown on New Clairvaux’s nearly 600 acres of farmland.
Pomegranates have been treasured since ancient times and used as symbols of fruitfulness and prosperity. In the modern era, they are prized for their unique sweet-tart flavor and intense red color, which acts as a perfect counterpoint for the spicy Belgian-style golden ale. This collaboration beer features pomegranates grown at the Abbey of New Clairvaux.
Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Golden will be available in 12.7oz bottles in late summer, 2015. A portion or the proceeds benefits the Abbey of New Clairvaux.
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 24 oz bottles. Drink as fresh as possible.
Hops: Idaho 7
Availability: 24oz bottles. One-off release.
Released: April, 2015
Read more: Sierra Nevada Harvest Series
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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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