The final release in Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s five bottle 2014 Harvest Series is a very special one. For the first time, the Neomexicanus hop is on display.
2014 is the first time Sierra Nevada has released this rotating Harvest Series, showing off hop varieties and hopping methods. The Neomexicanus hop originates from Taos, New Mexico, and nicknamed “Medusa” for it’s multiple heads it produces on the vine. Neomexicanus is known for melon, apricot, and citrus aromas.
“There’s a fun sense of adventure in our final Harvest beer of the year,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “The Neomexicanus hop was a lucky find by a rogue hophead combing the wild landscape, and he’s essentially gifted it to craft beer. We’re always looking for new aromas and flavors, and when they’re unexpected, it’s all the more exciting.”
Sierra Nevada Wild Hop Neomexicanus ships nationwide in 24 ounce bottles.
Malts: Two Row Pale, Caramel
Availability: 24oz Bottles. Nov-Jan
Sierra Nevada will celebrate the first anniversary of their Torpedo Room in Berkeley, California next month. In honor of this milestone, the brewery is releasing Barrel-aged Torpedo Extra IPA.
A year ago, Sierra Nevada opened the Torpedo Room on Fourth Street in Berkeley, California. The intimate space features 16 taps ranging from year round offerings to small batch offerings. A small taste of the Sierra Nevada culture nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Chico. (or Mills River for that matter.)
Our year round hop bomb Torpedo Extra IPA received special treatment, spending nearly 3 months in bourbon barrels into which we stuffed fresh Citra and Pacifica hops. While Torpedo’s normal aroma assault evolved during its hibernation, it emerged equally bold. The rich barrel character and fruity hops intertwine for a dynamic brew who’s mango and peach notes precede coconut and vanilla sweetness. The smoothness of our Barrel Aged Torpedo the lies it’s my in-depth, so sip slowly and among good company.
Sierra Nevada Barrel-aged Torpedo Extra IPA will be available in 750ml bottles, corked & caged at the Torpedo Room, and the gift shops in Mills River, NC, and Chico, CA.
Sierra Nevada (CA/NC) will launch a throwback Beer Camp seasonal in early spring – 2015 Beer Camp Hoppy Lager.
Hoppy Lager is a re-realized edition of Sierra Nevada & Ballast Point’s Electric Ray, found in this past summer’s Beer Camp Across America.
Last summer we teamed up with San Diego’s Ballast Point for a hop-head twist on a crisp lager. We remixed this encore which is loaded with whole-cone hops in the brew kettle in our Hop Torpedo to deliver a bold aroma back by smooth malt flavor.
The brewery tells Beer Street Journal that it plans on hand selecting a special beer camp offering from the past (not just Beer Camp Across America) to be a Beer Camp seasonal in the future. This is just the beginning.
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Arrival: Early Spring, 2014
No question that that Sierra Nevada cans have been successful. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Torpedo have done extremely well. The brewery has mentioned many times at the launch of cans, and since, that they are looking into more options.
Looks like the aluminum future holds Nooner Pilsner in for the California/North Carolina brewery.
Nooner Pilsner packs a big flavor into an easy drinking beer that’s fit for friends and afternoon adventure. Nooner is our take on the classic German Pilsner, filled with bright and zesty whole cone hop flavor with a crisp dry finish – the perfect pick for wherever the day may take you.
Sierra Nevada “Nooner” has been released as another style – Nooner Session IPA. Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner will be available in 12oz cans.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft
Note: This is a “sneak peek.” Details, release date, or release at all, are subject to change at anytime by the brewery.
Become acquainted with the drool-worthy small batch beer from Sierra Nevada – Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Stout.
Maple Stout is a big (big like, 13.4% ABV) imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with dark roasted coffee. What more do you need to know here?
…It has the notes of dark chocolate and toasted malts typical of a stout combined with an earthy sweetness and hint of maple balanced against toasted coconut aromas from the barrel aging. The beer finishes with a roasty touch from a combination of dark malts and coffee beans.
Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Maple Stout will be available in 750ml bottles. Don’t go checking your shelves for it. Barrel-Aged Maple Stout is only available in the Chico, California Gift Shop, Torpedo Room in Berkeley, and the Mills River Gift Shop in North Carolina (around 10/27).
In case you missed the earlier mention on Beer Street Journal, Sierra Nevada is working on a different approach to a new IPA. The beer, Hop Hunter IPA, will be brewed with distilled hop oil.
Sierra Nevada hasn’t fully revealed the methodology, but will basically steam extract pure hop oil from mature cones just after they are picked in the field. The end result is an IPA that smells unlike any other IPA you’ve had. Aroma is key.
Hop Hunter IPA is the first beer to feature oil from wet hops steam distilled directly in the field, minutes after harvest. We use his pure, powerful hop essence in concert with whole-cone hops in our brew kettle and in our Hop Torpedo to create the ultimate IPA experience.
Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA will be available in 12oz bottles in 2015.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Arrival: TBA, 2015
6.2% ABV, 70 IBUS
Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA) Snowpack Winter Variety Pack is hitting shelves now.
The 12 pack features two brand new offerings alongside Pale Ale and Porter – Boomerang IPA, and Coffee Stout.
This mixed pack is a fun cross section of our brewery, a bit of a timeline said Ken Grossman Sierra Nevada’s founder I remember roasting malted barley in my own kitchen in the early days of Porter, and today we’re using coffee to create really complex flavors. I took road trips in the 70s to get my hands on Cascade hops, and here we are teaming up with friends in Australia who are growing new and exciting varieties. Snowpack shows how fun of a ride craft beer continues to be.
Sierra Nevada Snowpack Variety has 3 bottles of each offering. Available now through January, 2014.