Sagamore Spirit Rye & Sierra Nevada Collaborate on Limited Edition Sierra Nevada Rye Ale

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,566) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Trailblazing CA craft brewer and multi-award-winning MD rye distiller team up on Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s newest red ale, aged in Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey barrels

    Baltimore, MD – June 10, 2019 – What happens when award-winning leaders in craft beer and craft whiskey get together? The result became deliciously evident today with the release of Sierra Nevada Rye Ale, a limited-edition beer brewed with Maryland-grown rye and aged for six months in rye whiskey barrels from Sagamore Spirit.

    That time in the barrel graces Sierra Nevada’s legendary red ale with distinct notes from Sagamore Spirit’s signature rye whiskey, like clove, nutmeg and hints of walnut and brown sugar. The result is a crisp yet round red ale that delivers an herbal and spicy jolt at 10% ABV.

    “We know the magic that happens when our whiskey ages in freshly charred oak, so we couldn’t wait to see what amazingly crafted beer that met our barrels would taste like. It was love at first sip,” said Brian Treacy, President of Sagamore Spirit. “Our team is always looking to bring the taste of Maryland-style rye whiskey to more people, and thanks to this collaboration with Sierra Nevada, we’ve found a whole new way to do that. We couldn’t wait to taste this beer, aged in our charred oak and then barrel-aged at Sierra Nevada.”

    The collaboration produced Sierra Nevada’s first-ever beer in aged rye whiskey barrels. Sagamore Spirit has worked with wineries to create limited edition whiskies and with local Maryland brewers to donate their used barrels.

    Sierra Nevada Rye Ale is available at select off-premise accounts, including Total Wine stores and on-premise accounts throughout Maryland for a limited time only. To learn more about this collaboration and find out where you can purchase Sierra Nevada Rye Ale, visit https://www.sierranevada.com.

    For those interested in exploring Maryland-style rye, Sagamore Spirit’s award-winning selection of whiskies include Signature 83-proof and Cask Strength rye whiskey, and a Port Finish limited time offering that was recently named “Best Rye Whiskey” at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

    About Sagamore Spirit
    Sagamore Spirit opened its award-winning five-acre waterfront distillery campus in Baltimore in April 2017. Since then, nearly 60,000 guests have visited the campus and tasted the brand’s 30-time award-winning rye whiskies. Each batch of whiskey is made with pure spring-fed Maryland water. The distillation team blends two different rye mash bills – a high rye and a low rye – and then adds limestone-filtered spring water transported 22 miles from Sagamore Farm, to create an 83 proof Maryland-style rye whiskey. 100 percent of Sagamore Rye is cut to proof with this distinct water. Sagamore Spirit also offers a Cask Strength whiskey that is 112 – 114 proof. Sagamore Spirit is committed to inspiring a global passion for Maryland Rye Whiskey. https://sagamorespirit.com

    About Sierra Nevada
    Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America's premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovation in the brewhouse as well as advances in sustainability. It is famous for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Sidecar® Orange Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Tropical Torpedo®, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Otra Vez™, Kellerweis®, Porter, Stout and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at https://www.sierranevada.com.

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  2. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,034) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Cool. Bring back Glissade Golden Bock.
     
  3. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (707) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Maybe it’s just me only phone but I do t see anything on the site about this beer. Looks like TW in MD and brewery only?

    Is it a Rye ale in rye barrels?

    Enjoy
     
  4. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,566) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    "Sierra Nevada Rye Ale is available at select off-premise accounts, including Total Wine stores and on-premise accounts throughout Maryland for a limited time only."
    "a limited-edition beer [red ale] brewed with Maryland-grown rye and aged for six months in rye whiskey barrels from Sagamore Spirit"
     
  5. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Devotee (488) Mar 19, 2012 California

    I will be buying! Love Rye Beers
     
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  6. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,796) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    A rye beer aged in rye barrels? Two of my favorite things! I hope to find this.
     
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  7. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,568) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Me want some!
     
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  8. stevepat

    stevepat Zealot (598) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Unfortunately it looks like MD only release. So the rest of us will just have to wait and wish

    It does sound very good though and would love to try it
     
  9. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,568) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I don't see on their website where the rye is available. Shrugs.
     
  10. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (577) Mar 28, 2009 California

    So I am confused by that. Is it select locations and then only MD total wine locations? Or just MD only? MD only would be odd.
     
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  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,012) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Perhaps @RobH can help here.

    Cheers!
     
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  12. stevepat

    stevepat Zealot (598) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Perhaps I misread it. Looking at it again in might only be on premise in MD and off premise seeing wider distro
     
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  13. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (577) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Rereading it again I think that’s right. Weird working. I’ve read it a few times and still not exactly sure.
     
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  14. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,568) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    And I couldn't find any reference to the beer on the website. Anyone find it there??
     
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  15. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,796) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    I could not find it there either.
     
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  16. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (577) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Which is classic because there is a link that is just a generic SN link.
     
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  17. RobH

    RobH Defender (622) Sep 23, 2006 Maryland
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    I see it's approved for sale in the two Total Wine stores in Maryland only. Not approved in any other TW stores.
     
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  18. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (577) Mar 28, 2009 California

    @stevepat @Bitterbill

    Just saw on SN IG page it’s only available in MD, as you first thought. Bummer and a weird release.
     
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  19. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,568) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Perhaps this could be a start of a series? Go from state to state, brew and age it in the barrels of the state's most prized distillery? That would be way cool.
     
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  20. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (704) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    Yeah, bummer this is MD. only. I'm a sucker for anything rye.

    Severe lack of Rye beers in my neck of the woods.
     
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  21. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (577) Mar 28, 2009 California

    That would be cool for sure.
     
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  22. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (707) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Might need to drive down there.

    Based on my OP and the reply I got back from the bros I’m still not fully sure what type of base beer and where actually it will be sold. I get TW in MD but any other spots? Looks like select spots but nothing on the sure.Is it a rye beer or a beer just aged in rye barrels?

    Enjoy
     
  23. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,568) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Rye Ale aged in Rye barrels.
     
  24. stevepat

    stevepat Zealot (598) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Brewed with MD grown rye and aged in MD distilled rye barrels. Hence the MD only release I suppose.
    Agree it would be super cool to see sn do a series with in state grown grains and in state distilled barrels. Seems like quite the ask though
    Also agree with wanting more rye beers. Don't care about the barrels I just want that nice rye spice
     
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  25. baklo

    baklo Champion (897) Oct 10, 2012 North Carolina
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    This is available in the SN Mills River gift shop. $20 for the bottle. In case this helps anyone nearby and interested.
     
  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,012) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    "This is available in the SN Mills River gift shop. $20 for the bottle."

    How is your piggy bank these days?

    Cheers!
     
  27. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (707) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    K
    If I can get a bottle at state line I might grab one. Vacation calls for a couple of splurges. Will be with friends and it reads like a good sharing beer.

    Enjoy
     
  28. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,796) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    What size bottle?
     
  29. baklo

    baklo Champion (897) Oct 10, 2012 North Carolina
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    750ml cork & cage
     
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  30. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,636) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Why does SN tease me so with a gem I cannot get.... :sob:
     
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  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,012) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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