Friday, November 06, 2009

Update and Sierra Nevada

Well, I brewed my Robust Brown Ale a couple of months ago, and it is tasty. I've taken it to several events (where it was well-received), so I'm almost out of homebrew, for now.

On the commercial front, there are some interesting beers out for Autumn from Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada has another edition of Torpedo out, now.

It's always tasty, but at 7.2% ABV, it's definitely not a session beer.

Then, there is Anniversary Ale.

I've enjoyed all of Sierra's anniversary offerings since 2007, and this one is really nice. Complex, yet extremely drinkable, and not overly powerful. It's on the high side of a session beer. 2 to 3 bottles per session.

Every year, I also await the arrival of their Celebration Ale...especially the on-tap version. In the Kansas City area, look for it to be on tap (in mid-December) at possibly: Barley's, Grinders, or Flying Saucer.

And, I can't wait for this:

Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head to release “Life & Limb” Collaboration
Chico, CA (08/12/09)—This fall independent craft brewers Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head, will release two collaborative beers. Limb & Life—a draft-only beer—will debut in October; with Life & Limb 24oz bottles and limited draft to follow in November.

I would also like to try their new year-round release, Kellerweis Hefeweizen. The Sierra Nevada PR group says about it, "Several years ago, the brewers began working with a unique Bavarian hefeweizen yeast strain unknown in this country. This amazingly flavorful yeast was so exciting that they began working on a recipe for a traditional German hefeweizen with the Sierra Nevada twist."

It will be interesting to see how SN interprets a Bavarian hefeweizen style. I haven't seen this product locally, yet. I'm sure it will show up, somewhere.

By the way, I don't work for Sierra Nevada, and I have no financial interest. I've always thought that they've produced a quality product, though.



Brad said...

I found the Kellerweis a few months ago at what used to be Grand Slam liquors on 6th and Grand near the River Market. I haven't seen it elsewhere yet but it was delicious.

HomeBrewHawk said...

I loved the Kellerweis and Torpedo.
They also have an Estate Harvest Ale out now that features malt and hops that were grown on the brewery site. Haven't tried it yet. It's about $10 for a bomber.

Ben, aka BadBen said...

I had the Harvest on tap at Flying Saucer. Yum.

Ben, aka BadBen said...

Celebration will be on tapat Flying Saucer (KC), when the Harvest is fini.

KC Wort Hog said...

Kellerweis is widely available, and is a great German-style hefe. Definitely has the body, mouthfeel, aroma, and flavor of one.

I thought Estate was pretty good as well. It was a little maltier than I was expecting, but very nice for an autumn evening, and still with enough of those citrusy aroma hops to tell you it's sierra nevada.