Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA) Celebration, a perennial favorite, returns on October 15th. Celebration is a fresh-hop ale, something the brewery wants to clarify. Wet-hopped beers have hops that are freshly picked, and added to the beer undried within 24 hours. Fresh-hopped, in the case of Celebration Ale, are freshly dried hops from the field within 7 days of harvest.
We started brewing our beloved Celebration IPA in 1981, and it depends on the first hops of the annual harvest to capture the powerful pine and citrus aromas that are a hallmark of winter at our brewery. Let’s get festive with one of the earliest examples of an American IPA.
You’ll notice 2014 brings an artwork update. Sierra Nevada Celebration season kicks off in the brewery’s tap room on October 15, 2014.
Style: American IPA
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Cascade
Malts: Two Row Pale, Caramel
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Late Fall/Winter.
6.8% ABV, 65 IBUs