Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye will be part of the new Beer Camp Across America mixed pack in May, 2016.
The last round of Beer Camp Across America in 2014 featured 12 hand-picked breweries that created their own unique beer. In 2016, 30 breweries come together to collaborate, paired by geographic locations.
Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye features five Northern California breweries (plus Hawaii) – a collaboration with Bear Republic, Maui Brewing, Faction Brewing, Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery, and Mad River Brewing Co. The team has created a low ABV session ale brewed with hibiscus.
Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye combines our Californian Left Coast love of fruity hops with a touch of Hawaiian “aloha” from the addition of hibiscus flowers, all anchor by robust malts and spicy rye. This session beer is light in body and looks large, like the long shadows of the western sun.
Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye will be a 12 ounce bottle offering in May, a part of the brewery’s Beer Camp Across America 12 pack. The beer will also be featured at the special Beer Camp events across the country.
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Bear Republic Brewing distribution has returned to North Carolina. The drought in California forced the brewery to pull shipments back from various marketss.
Craft Central is responsible for bringing Bear Republic distribution to the major cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Asheville and the surrounding regions.
Bear Republic was founded in 1995
Bear Republic has announced that they will be brewing a second, darker version of the popular Racer 5 IPA. Black Racer, a black IPA, will be bottled and released in select markets during the first week of April.
“We feel that we have put our California spin on this Pacific Northwest style, and have the hardware to prove its place among the great.”
Markets to receive Black Racer: CA, OR, WA, CO, PA, NY, MA, VA initially, MD, TX, OH, AZ, more CA, more NY to follow.
Style: Black IPA
Availability: 22 oz bottles
Arrival: coming soon
Cloverdale, CA – Bear Republic Brewing Company is adding another popular, award winning beer to their seasonal bottled offerings, Black Racer.
Currently being bottled and kegged, Black Racer will be landing on shelves in select areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia during the first week of April. This will shortly be followed by distribution in Maryland, Texas, Ohio, Arizona, and additional California and New York markets.
Brewmaster/COO Richard “Ricardo” Norgrove and Master Brewer Peter Kruger state, “We feel that we have put our California spin on this Pacific Northwest style, and have the hardware to prove its place among the great.”
A Black IPA, Black Racer is a 2012 World Beer Cup Gold Award winner in the American Style Black Ale Category and a Bronze Medal winner at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in the American Style Black Ale Category.
- Description: Black Racer blends Bear Republic’s love of hops with the Pacific Northwest’s appreciation for dark ales. Our pit crew brews this award winning ale which boldly defines a new frontier of flavors and always maintains pole position. Race to the Dark Side.
- Pairing Suggestions: Roasted artichokes, spicy foods, cured meats, soft cheeses, beef, poultry, pork
- Availability: Limited 22 oz. bottles and draft, beginning April 1st
- Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo
- ABV: 8.1%
- IBUs: 75+
- Style: Black IPA
Zymurgy Magazine, the official Journal of the American Homebrewer’s Association just published their results from the reader’s rankings. For the 4th year in a row, Russian River’s Pliny The Elder takes 1st place. Bell’s Two Hearted and Dogfish Head 90 Minute aren’t far behind for best IPA in the country. Interestingly, the harder to find Pliny The Younger ranked at the other end of the list, at #48.
More than 16,000 votes were received in this years vote. Check out the full story for brewery rankings. (T= Tied) [AHA]
|1. Russian River Pliny the Elder|
|2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale|
|3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA|
|4. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale|
|5. Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale|
|6. Bell’s Hopslam|
|7. Sierra Nevada Celebration|
|8. Stone Ruination IPA|
|9. Sierra Nevada Torpedo|
|10. North Coast Old Rasputin|
|11. Firestone Walker Union Jack|
|12. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye|
|13. Bear Republic Racer 5|
|14. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale|
|15. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA|
|16. Firestone Walker Double Jack|
|T17. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA|
|T17. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot|
|19. Stone IPA|
|20. New Belgium Fat Tire|
|21. Deschutes Black Butte Porter|
|22. Avery Maharaja|
|23. Founders Breakfast Stout|
|24. Left Hand Milk Stout|
|T25. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA|
|T25. New Belgium Ranger|
|T25. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale|
|28. Deschutes The Abyss|
|29. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout|
|30. Surly Furious|
|T31. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin|
|T31. Rogue Dead Guy|
|T31. Samuel Adams Boston Lager|
|34. Troegs Nugget Nectar|
|T35. Lagunitas IPA|
|T35. New Belgium La Folie|
|T37. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron|
|T37. Founders KBS|
|T37. Russian River Blind Pig IPA|
|41. Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale|
|42. Victory Prima Pils|
|43. Great Divide Yeti|
|T44. Alaskan Smoked Porter|
|T44. Anchor Steam|
|T44. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid|
|T44. Samuel Adams Noble Pils|
|T48. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter|
|T48. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy|
|T48. Russian River Pliny the Younge|
This particular beer pays homage to a relatively little—known beer style called Texas Brown Ale, which, strangely enough, has its roots in California. It originated as a hopped up version of a brown ale recipe, and it got pretty popular with a group of NorCal homebrewers in the early 1980s.
“These California guys were tweaking an English-style brown,” explains Matt Cole, Head Brewer of Fat Head’s Brewery. “They added some Crystal and Chocolate malts, and supercharged it with a bunch of Cascade hops to get a bigger version with more hop forward aromas and flavors.”
While delicious, these beers failed to fare well in homebrew competitions, since there was no recognized category they could be entered in. They were far too hoppy and bitter to be considered a traditional brown ale. But when a competition in Houston, TX, accepted entries for what they named the “California Dark” category, the American Homebrewers Association followed suit soon after, though they perplexingly changed the name to Texas Brown Ale.
“Bear Republic â„ Fat Head’s â„ Stone TBA” revisits this uncommon style, incorporating a few new twists. “Everyone got to add elements that they feel are special to them for that style of beer,” notes Richard Norgrove, Jr., Brewmaster at Bear Republic Brewing Co., who added brown sugar and molasses to the recipe for added complexity. “That’s what’s cool about collaborations. You get to work with two other brewers you respect, and you all have different thoughts and ideas on how to make a great beer together.”
“Collaborations give us a chance to get really creative,” adds Mitch Steele, Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co. “We get to make a beer that we otherwise wouldn’t normally brew.”
Style: Brown Ale (Molasses, Brown Sugar)
Hops: Bravo, Brewer’s Gold, Cascade, and Columbus
Malts: Pale 2—Row, Crystal 60, Toasted Wheat, Victory, and Chocolate Malt
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, MA, NC, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA
7.1% abv, 81 IBUs
- Richard Norgrove, Jr. (Brewmaster, Bear Republic Brewing Co. | Healdsburg, CA | @brbcbrew)
- Matt Cole (Head Brewer, Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon | Cleveland, OH |@FatHeadsBeer)
- Mitch Steele (Brewmaster, Stone Brewing Co. | Escondido, CA |@StoneBrewingCo)
Bear Republic will follow up Racer 5 with an imperial edition- X Double IPA, starting during San Francisco Beer Week next month. Per a Facebook event published by Bear Republic:
Bear Republic Brewing Company announces the elusive Racer Xâ„¢ Double IPA will be released in 22oz. bottles during San Francisco Beer Week, 2/10 — 2/19. The beer will be available exclusively @ Bear Republic’s brewpub, followed by a limited Bay Area only release. Racer Xâ„¢ will be released nationally in October 2012.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: Draft only, Feb (San Francisco). Bottle launch to distro areas, October 2012.