Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sierra Nevada continues to beat expectations

Last year's burst of new beers from Sierra Nevada was, apparently, only the beginning. Just got a release today about their newest: Glissade Golden Bock. It's going to be the replacement for ESB as the spring seasonal, and let me tell you, it's great to see a brewery putting a blonde bock in rotation for that slot.

The numbers: 6.4% ABV, lager yeast, 15.5°P, hopped with Magnum & Perle for bittering, Spalter, Slovenian Aurora and Styrian (other hops are all German) finishing, 42 BU.

The tease: no beer yet, just announcement. But here's a tease of my own: there are some amazing projects coming down the pike from SN, and they'll be talking about them real soon. They've got quite the beer-release party planned for next year's 30th anniversary.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those guys train their beer across the country, too, rather than truck which is a more environmentally-friendly way of delivery due to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Hip company.

nate said...

It seems that when craft breweries grow to big companies they forget creativity and just keep pumping out the same old stuff. So yeah, it is really good to see SN keeping their skills sharp with new brews and Collaborations.

Drew said...

Is this a spin on the old Pale Bock they used to have? I miss that beer.

Bill G. said...

Though my hometown is Washington, PA, I spend most of my time in Morgantown, WV. In a beer wasteland like this, you could always count on Sierra Nevada Pale Ale at just about any bar in the area, similar to Penn Pilsner in Western PA.

With the 6% ABV cap finally being lifted to 12%, Sierra Nevada has finally been able to bring in all of their beers. Since July 9th we've seen Harvest and Celebration (though sadly no Torpedo) and we're waiting on Bigfoot.

As one of the few beers we'll see down here due to a restrictive $1500 per brewery registration fee, I applaud Sierra Nevada and all they do!

Lew Bryson said...

Dunno, Drew, but it does seem likely: if you look closely at the label, there's a familiar-looking mountain goat off to the right...

Dave Wakeman's Blog said...

I've been really pleased with Sierra Nevada lately. I love the Kellerweiss and the Torpedo is probably my favorite IPA in a bottle. Plus, this year's Celebration is very good too.

I will be very excited to see the new beer on the shelf.

Jeff Vitkun said...

Sierra Nevada has become so underrated over the years.

Their flag ship pale ale is good (but forgettable). But the deeper you delve into their lineup the more enjoyable it is.

I've been doing a vertical tasting with '08 and '09 Celebration ale and I am just in awe at the quality and consistency of this brewery.

Russ said...

I wanna say that the '07 Celebration Ale tasted like potpourri (and in my book that's not a good thing) but had this year's last night and it was great. Haven't had the Kellerweiss, but I'm excited to see that they won't be mucking up their Pale Bock with Pacific Northwest hops. ;-)

The Professor said...

"...Their flag ship pale ale is good (but forgettable)..."

Surely you jest!
Is SN's sturdy, reliable, and incredibly well balanced Pale Ale now deemed forgettable because it's too mainstream? That would be a real shame. There's nothing 'forgettable' about this great brew, unless palates are becoming so jaded that balance doesn't matter any more..

I agree with you wholeheartedly though about SN's consistently great quality and that there is much good in SN's growing "deep catalogue". And they only seem to be getting better and better. (And I'm anxiously looking fwd to the new brew!!)

But the Pale Ale..that's what put 'em on the map, and I'd still take it over 90% of other brews out there in that category. It really set a high standard.
Just my own opinion of course... as with all things 'beer', your results may vary ;-) cheers...

Mark said...

I got to go to Sierra Nevada Beer Camp back in Sept, and was absolutely floored by the commitment to quality AND creativity. The number of different beers I got to sample was staggering, and all were first rate (including the Pale Ale)!