It’s always nice to see a venerable beer like Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA still able to stir up some excitement. The brewery posted a picture of Celebration cans ready waiting to be filled, and fans re-professed their love for this seasonal beer all over again. Celebration IPA is an absolute seasonal classic, akin to Bell’s Two Hearted, or Russian River’s Pliny the Elder. Only, you can only get it as the year wind’s down.
Later this month, Celebration Ale will hit shelves once again.
Sierra Nevada has been brewing this fresh-hopped India pale ale since 1981, just one year after opening in 1980. While craft beer’s #1 selling style [IPA] has seen a lot of trends, Celebration Ale has remained steadfast in simply staying as-is. Perhaps that mix of quality and reliability is what makes it so popular – a fact proven by the overwhelming reactions from Celebration fans after the brewery posted the above photo this week.
Celebration Ale follows Oktoberfest in the brewery’s seasonal series of releases. Expect 12-ounce cans to hit stores for the first time this month in 6, 12, and 24 packs.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
First Release: 1981
Latest Return: October 2021
Ed Note: A previous version of the article erroneously stated cans are new in 2021. Image: Sierra Nevada
Denver, Colorado’s Our Mutual Friend Brewing is releasing the 8th edition of their special Gratitude beer this weekend.
This year’s edition is a barrel-aged imperial stout.
The brewery is hosting their annual Gratitude Party on September 18th. Party bundles can be purchased for $65.00, which includes a Gratitude shirt, glass, 1 can of Gratitude 8, and 2 drink tickets to use at the event.
Our Mutual Friend Gratitude 8 is a brewery-only release in 16-ounce cans.
Virginia-based Buskey Cider is releasing Sherry Barrel-Aged Cider this Friday. It is one of just a handful of barrel-aged offerings by the cidery to date.
The inspiration for this cider starts with co-founder Elle Correll, who spent time in Jerez de la Frontera, part of Spain’s Andalusia region. The city is well-known for its sherry production. According to Buskey, Elle has been wanting to make a sherry barrel cider since they opened.
A barrel-fermented cider -a 100% Virginia-grown blend of Ashmead’s Kernel, Black Twig, and Winesap apples went into an Oloroso Sherry barrel in December of 2019. After 9 months, the cider was bottled and bottle conditioned for over a year.
[This] unique bottled cider is nutty, with a raisin character with a citrusy finish.
Buskey Sherry Barrel-Aged Cider is available for pre-order now, releasing in 500-milliliter bottles on Friday, September 10th.
Atlanta, Georgia’s Round Trip Oktoberfest cans will be available starting Friday, September 10th.
The brewery just brought a new canning line online this week, giving the brewery greater flexibility with beers to-go. Round Trip’s cans are currently only available for purchase at the brewery.
Moderately toasted bread flavors and a pleasant sweetness. The tent is open and the gang’s all here.
The lager release arrives ahead of the brewery’s inaugural Oktoberfest events starting September 24th.
Round Trip Oktoberfest is available in 12-ounce cans will be available to-go at the brewery starting Friday.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: September 2021
5.5% ABV, 24 IBUs
Creature Comforts Mind Matter, a hazy session India pale ale debuts today.
The beer is just 4.7% alcohol by volume, hopped with Strata, Azalea, and Idaho 7. According to Creature Comforts, the term “mind matter” is a term used by taproom staff member and label designer Gunnar Tarsa (@theboywhoseesyellow) as a to describe how he “conjures dreams and ideas into our world through the art of drawing.”
This mix of hops gives the beer tropical, citrus, and berry notes.
Creature Comforts Mind Matter is available in 16-ounce cans at the brewery in Athens, Georgia starting September 3rd.
Style: Session IPA
Hops: Strata, Azacca, Idaho 7
Availability: 16oz Cans
Boulder, Colorado’s Upslope Brewing has released Oktoberfest Lager, in time for fest season.
This brand new limited release, is described by the brewery as a “modern, malt-forward brew,” featuring Leopold Bros Floor-Malted Pilsner.
A sweet, fresh-baked bread nose is followed by light herbaceous hop character and a smooth finish.
In addition to the new beer, the brewery is hosting an Octoberfest at their Flatiron location. The event features the Oktoberfest beer, brats, a stein-hoisting contest and more.
Upslope Oktoberfest is a 12-ounce can and draft offering for a limited time.
Hops: Hallertauer Mittelfrüh
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release:
Debut: Late August 2021
5.5% ABV, 22 IBUs
Richmond, Virginia’s Buskey Cider releases a limited a new limited edition cider on August 27th – Buskey Strawberry Kiwi.
The hard cider features Virginia apples, plus strawberries and kiwis.
Smells like a strawberry, tastes like a kiwi!
16oz 4-pack cans are $14 each. Available at all Buskey locations starting at 12 noon. The cidery also delivers to Richmond and surrounding areas, Hampton Roads, and NOVA.
Image: Buskey Cider