After speaking with a few Sierra Nevada employees, there is some good news you need to know.
First – the brewery has and is expanding their barrel aging program. The barrel aged offerings – from Bigfoot, and Narwhal to a few from the Ovila Series have been quite successful. Pretty sure you already knew this.
Both the Chico, California location and the new North Carolina location will have a barrel aging program.
Secondly, the above pic is a teaser of a new barrel aged offering to come. Just drool at the thought.
Halloween approaches. Fall is falling. Over the weekend people were drinking hard in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.
In Chico, California, Sierra Nevada was bottling Celebration Ale. The seasonal IPA is brewed with fresh hops for a delicious piney and citrusy India Pale Ale.
Arriving again in November, 2013.
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Late Fall/Winter Seasonal.
Sierra Nevada is ready to open their new Berkeley, California space, aka the “Torpedo Room.” The name is derived from the Hop Torpedo, the dry-hopping device that makes the signature beer namesake so great.
The space is small and intimate, designed to offer limited and small batch beers and educational tastings. The room can hold around 45 craft beer drinkers.
“Our brewers develop creative, flavorful beers at an impressive pace,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “They’re usually small batches, and it’s those beers folks will find in the Torpedo Room. We think it’s exciting—using rare offerings to showcase who we are and to talk about the science behind our beers. We really hope visitors take part in the dialogue.”
Torpedo Room will have 16 taps for taster flights, and growlers to go. Visitors can also purchase bottles to-go. Trachtenberg Architects, Inc.; Ferrous Studios, Inc., from Richmond, CA.; and Chico-based craftspeople Westgate Hardwoods are designing the new space.
Sierra Nevada’s Chico, California brewery features copper clad kettles that were carefully salvaged from defunct breweries in Germany. Now that the North Carolina brewery build is in full swing, copper kettles will be seen on the East Coast. Why? It’s more than a signature look.
The fall means that Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA) will release Estate Ale, featuring hops and malts grown at the brewery’s farm. 2013 would have been no different if it wasn’t for the weather. Beer is an agricultural production (hops, barley, etc). The Sierra Nevada Estate barley had a rough go of it this year. Days of high winds, and too much rain made the barley crop impossible to brew with. There will be some happy cattle that are going to chow down on it though.
If you have never met a brewer before, know this. They always find a way to release a beer. Thus, meet DevESTATEtion, a black IPA homage to the lost crop. Using the Estate organic hops, and two row pale malt from Great Western Malting, DevESTATEtion Black IPA will arrive in September. RIP Sierra Nevada barley 2013.
Style: Black IPA
Availability: 25.4 oz bottles
Arrival: September, 2013
Say hello to Sierra Nevada Flipside, a new seasonal “red” IPA. Touted as an in between seasonal with tropical & citrus hop flavors, Flipside sounds like a great transition to darker brews. Expect this seasonal in September, 2013
Flipside Red IPA is a rebuttal to the mild-mannered beers of summer. Tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors from the use of whole-cone Citra, Simcoe and Centennial hops are the perfect notes for this in-between season.
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: September, 2013