Sierra Nevada 2019 Calendar

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Riff, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. Riff

    Riff Crusader (777) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    https://www.sierranevada.com/release-dates

    Looks like the 2019 calendar is up and there's a few changes. First thing I noticed is there aren't seasonal mix packs anymore, seems to have been replaced by a year round sampler pack. Also don't see any Trip in the Woods, Fresh Hops packs, Southern Gothic, or the Northern Hemisphere bottles. Also don't see BFD, but that never made last years calendar, still hope that one's still around.

    Noted additions, Sierraveza year round, a brut IPA as the Jan-Mar seasonal, and the aforementioned sampler pack.
     
  2. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,504) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I for one will miss the seasonal sampler packs - I usually picked them up. Glad to see Sierravezza will be available in stand alone packs. That being said, I am pretty excited to try the brut IPA.
     
  3. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (234) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    FFS Sidecar is still sullying the mixed packs?
    Slightly heartened to see Kellerweiss, Porter and Stout at least acknowledged.
    That sampler is a bit heavy on PA/IPAs for my tastes. I do want to try a SN Helles though.
     
  4. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,243) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    I read somewhere that the sampler pack will be 6 beers instead of 4 beers. Looks like SN has it on their site as well for those interested. 3 of the 6 are from their year round beers which is a bit disappointing. Also the box shows an image of Tropical Torpedo while the listed bottle shows Torpedo.
     
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  5. DISKORD

    DISKORD Aspirant (246) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    "12 beers, 6 different styles" :thinking_face: Well, actually it's 4 IPAs, 1 Pale Ale and 1 Lager. It's more of an IPA variety pack. And if Porter, Stout and Kellerweis don't sell that well, why not put them in some of those mixed packs?
     
  6. Cibsie

    Cibsie Initiate (164) Jan 10, 2015 Minnesota
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    That's too bad. I've been waiting for regular BA Narwhal and BA Bigfoot without the ginger and currants and bullshit. The cocoa coconut was the only great one recently.
     
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  7. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,243) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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  8. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (227) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Same, but they didn't seem to sell very well around me. I loved Sierraveza and will gladly drink it often. I am interested in the Brut also.

    Agreed.

    The words on the site say Tropical Torpedo also. I hope it is Tropical Torpedo, as I don't really care for regular Torpedo.

    "A good variety pack hits all the right spots: something light and easy-drinking like our Helles in the Tropics, a spicy and woodsy IPA like Hop Solo, our lush and aromatic Tropical Torpedo IPA, our classic Pale Ale, our cult-favorite Ruthless Rye IPA, and a hint of citrus with Sidecar Orange IPA. Whatever the day--or night--may bring, you're covered with the Sampler."

    I couldn't agree more and wonder about this often.
     
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  9. Cibsie

    Cibsie Initiate (164) Jan 10, 2015 Minnesota
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  10. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (1,935) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Can't wait for Bigfoot!!
     
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  11. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (678) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Wish the Stout and Keller came in 12 packs.

    Enjoy
     
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  12. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Defender (606) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    1 minor note: Summerfest is back in 12-packs of cans. Can’t remember how long it’s been (I know last summer they weren’t avail). But inasmuch it’s my favorite summer beer & I like to be mobile with it, I’m glad it’s back in this format.
     
  13. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (454) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    Kellerweiss is back in 6-pk bottles??? Yay!!

    Nooner as well... Don't remember the last time I saw that alone around here, either.
     
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  14. waltari

    waltari Initiate (63) Jan 28, 2016 Georgia

    The Fresh Hop packs were my favorite. I guess it will only get some Bigfoot next year.
     
  15. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,760) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    In the graphic a total of 14 beers are depicted as year-round beers:
    • The four beers of SNPA, Torpedo, HLT, and Sierraveza in larger format on the top.
    • Another 10 beers in smaller format on the bottom.
    Does this difference in representation have any meaning?:confused:

    Cheers!
     
  16. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,504) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I’m just making a guess here but the beers at the top would be their flagship beers that are going to be brewed regularly and distributed. The 10 beers in the smaller format on the bottom are more of a “rotating, yet available year-round should a distributor want to order them” year round offering. This is largely based on what @SierraTerence has told us on here in the past at certain beers like Stout and Porter are available year-round but often not actually on shelves where people live ...
     
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  17. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (234) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Just put Kellerweis, with Stout or Porter in a mix pack, with a hoppy beer and maybe Kolsch and I think that would be a nice year round purchase for a lot of people.
    It's very frustrating that Kellerweis, Stout and Porter are virtually impossible to find. I've even asked for a case of Stout and was told the distributer couldn't get it around here.
     
  18. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,760) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    While I would be interested in buying that variety pack it would appear that the description of "a lot of people" would be interested in purchasing is off the mark.

    The variety pack that they will be producing in 2019 (i.e., 4 IPAs, 1 Pale Ale and 1 Lager) is what a lot of people want to buy. I suspect it is only a matter to time before Sierra Nevada will be contacted by folks requesting that the Pale Ale and Lager be replaced by two other IPAs.:grimacing:

    Cheers!
     
  19. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (234) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Maybe I was projecting quite a bit. SN is one of the few big craft breweries that I believe can keep up with fads and trends while still making proper beer for the stubborn drinkers like me.
     
  20. DISKORD

    DISKORD Aspirant (246) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Here's another thing/problem. I have never seen Porter, Stout and Kellerweis at any grocery store. Only at craft beer stores. But every other seasonal release and mixed packs are available everywhere. Just odd. Now, if you want Porter or Stout, you have to ask your store to order some or buy if from one of the Sierra Nevada's locations.
     
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  21. waltari

    waltari Initiate (63) Jan 28, 2016 Georgia

    Are 24 x 12oz, 18 x 16oz and 15 x 19.2oz new formats? I have never seen them before.
     
  22. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (203) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois

    Wow, are they really getting rid of the seasonal sampler packs? That's really, really too bad in my opinion. I always loved getting them. Did I get every single one? No, but I did purchase a couple every year.

    Sierra Nevada has long been one of my favorite breweries but the way they are adapting to the new craft beer market is a bit unfortunate, at least in my opinion...

    - The new "major" additions are nothing special IMO (Sidecar, Hazy Little Thing, Tropical Torpedo)
    - The new branding... I just love the old classic look
    - No sampler packs

    That said, there are some things I like...

    - Hop Hunter is back!
    - Keller, Porter and Stout are back too!!!

    Overall though, I can't help but be bummed about the seasonal packs being gone. I know lots of breweries do them now, but there was always something special about a Sierra Nevada seasonal pack.
     
  23. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (234) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Hop Hunter, stout, Porter, kellerweiss never went away - just made in very limited quantities therefore they are practically retired.
     
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  24. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (2,509) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    The death of the fall pack may be the worst beer related news I have ever received. The Vienna and Tumbler are 2 of the better examples of the styles.
    Ruthless Rye is the only one to survive, but while it’s fantastic, there is no way I am buying a sampler with SNPAs, Tropical Torpedo, and that orange thing to get 2 of them. Bummer.
     
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  25. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (2,509) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    I would concur if it were a traditional Helles. From reading the description that doesn’t appear to be the case.
     
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  26. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,423) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Looks like they simplified their beers. Nice to see Porter and Stout listed but as mentioned before they are only available if your area demand deems it, so for most they are not.
     
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  27. surfcaster

    surfcaster Crusader (749) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    What a tough job SN has in this market—so many different demographics to consider as the second? largest craft brewer in the country.

    I think they do an amazing job to stay relevant to so many.

    Cheers to a solid ‘19!
     
  28. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,760) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  29. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (234) Mar 28, 2011 New York

  30. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (227) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I figured that this would start happening since craft Lagers are becoming more popular and now we will start to see hoppy styles of what really should not be. I am all for experimenting and will reserve judgment until I try it but...

    Speaking of I am surprised to not see Hoppy Lager making a comeback, was a decent beer.

    Re: Stout, Porter and Kellerweis, I just can't believe Sidecar IPA is a better seller than those [availability aside]? It collects dust around me and is always buried on a bottom shelf. I don't mind drinking it every now and again, though, but I am generally a fan of fruited IPAs.
     
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  31. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (678) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    SNPA $13.99 12 pack
    Celebration/Torpedo $14.99 12 pack

    Stout/Keller $9.99/10.99 6 pack

    Could be a reason some sell better than others.

    Enjoy
     
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  32. Ollie63

    Ollie63 Initiate (40) Nov 30, 2018 Ohio
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    No experimental/single/fresh hop packs? Am I missing that?
     
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  33. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (344) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    The abandonment of the Fresh Hop Pack for 2019 makes me extra bummed that this year's iteration apparently never made it to Massachusetts.
     
  34. surfcaster

    surfcaster Crusader (749) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    Grocery stores—esp chains—sell fast movers (or at least what has been perceived as such). Your observation is not odd but fairly standard practice.
     
  35. DISKORD

    DISKORD Aspirant (246) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Except those "fast movers" are quite often past their expiration date.
     
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  36. surfcaster

    surfcaster Crusader (749) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    Agreed but not the point. A family member worked for a while as the beer and wine manager in one of the larger stores for a big grocery store chain. There was a list he had to keep in stock/ order I.e. things that were the larger sellers based on whole chain sales. He always “allowed” to request other things, support promotions etc.

    Out of interest, I asked him about 4 years ago if he could get KBS. Was still a bit more limited and they provided him 3 cases as the store had been a good Founders acct. He stuck it on the shelves a 4 at a time and watched and few customers gleam.
     
  37. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (203) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois

    I completely agree they have a tough job trying to balance all of the different demographics, but I can't help but be disappointed by the lack of variety packs. If they need/want to do things like Sidecar or Topical Torpedo, fine. But getting rid of the variety packs is awful :slight_frown:
     
  38. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,423) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Agree, sounds like they are focused on their base beer and hazy IPA and the rest are either limited or local items, etc. To me this does not seem like a great business idea. I can get fresh IPA local along with stouts, pills, sours, and just about every other item. I still am confused how Bells, Founders, and others seem to put out a wide spread of items and are doing well yet SN seems hell bent on eliminating variety for their SNPA and Hazy, big mistake in my eyes. Does anyone really enjoy Sidecar?
     
  39. arizcards

    arizcards Poo-Bah (3,629) Jun 11, 2003 Arizona
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    Hmmm...never even tried it so i guess that tells you where i am at and i have had a few SNBC brews in my day!
     
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  40. Minnebrew

    Minnebrew Initiate (47) Jun 9, 2015 Minnesota

    You hit the nail on the head for me, Wes. I bought 2 fall variety packs this year for the Ruthless, Vienna, and Tumbler. If they stick with this, I'll be buying less SN.