Sierra Nevada 2020 Oktoberfest

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  1. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,057) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Has anyone heard if Sierra Nevada will be doing a collaboration Oktoberfest this year? I haven't heard anything yet regarding who they would collaborate with, or if it's too early to tell due to the current pandemic. Thanks for any info!
     
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  2. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (4,224) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Thats a really good point - they'd most likely be brewing it soon, but thats most likely impossible given the current Pandemic.

    @SierraTerence
     
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  3. Crusader

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  4. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,820) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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  5. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (328) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Makes sense and I am interested in their take. They brewed an Oktoberfest for their mixed seasonal pack years ago and it was good, assume that this will be even better.
     
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  6. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (4,224) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Did he say if that was because of the Pandemic? or was it planned all along?
     
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  7. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,820) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    I will let him respond. I don't think that was the reason, but he will say definitely.
     
  8. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (4,224) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    No worries! I just wasn't sure if he mentioned that in the podcast or not.
     
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  9. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,405) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Since 2015, this was one of the annual seasonal releases I most looked forward to. Due to reasons out of their control, they probably couldnt collaborate on a marzen for this season. I'm interested to sample their own take on the style and I'm willing to buy at least one 6 pack and find out if its up to snuff.
     
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  10. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (552) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Kind of excited to see what SN has learned over the years and can put together on their own. One of the beers I look forward to every fall. Good bridge until Celebration season.
     
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  11. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,822) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Maybe even learned from customer feedback as well.
     
  12. SILVER

    SILVER Initiate (168) Jan 3, 2007 Florida

    I'll join in and say that I also look forward to this beer and usually buy at least one 12-pk if not more.
     
  13. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,627) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Bring back the Mahrs Brau. Next year.
     
  14. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,638) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Have they never made an Oktoberfest on their own before? I thought the collaborations were a recent project
     
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  15. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,240) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    They made an “Oktoberfest” before the collaborations.
     
  16. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (649) Mar 28, 2009 California

    what podcast? Always looking for good podcasts.
     
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  17. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,638) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    That's what I thought. In fact I thought I liked and bought it before any collaborations so I'm kind of confused about the
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    But I guess I too am excited to see their efforts this year. The collaborations all felt different enough that it will be interesting to see if this year conforms to (my memory) of their precollab rendition
     
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  18. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,820) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    Go to Facebook and find Gourmet Brewing.
     
  19. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,646) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    It was part of their 2014 fall variety pack the year before they started doing their collaborations.

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/140/13509/

    https://www.brewbound.com/news/sierra-nevada-release-fall-variety-pack

    I remember drinking this fall pack while I was moving that summer. Great little fall pack that year with the Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Vienna, and Tumbler. I think that was the first year they had a fall pack, or at least the first year I had their Vienna. I believe Tumbler made its return in that fall pack as well after being retired.

    Bought the fall pack every year after that (mostly because of the Vienna).
     
  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,835) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Well, maybe every year up to 2018. In 2019 Sierra Nevada stopped producing seasonal mix-packs.:slight_frown:

    Cheers!
     
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  21. Burt

    Burt Crusader (716) Nov 27, 2005 Rhode Island

    With them releasing brews earlier every year we will probably find out next week when all the pumpkin beers and Oktoberfest's are going to be out.
     
  22. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,240) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    And if you look at that link, you'll see that the beer was added to BA in 2003.
     
  23. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,822) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Wasn't it a brewery-only offering for quite a while? Brewed for their Okto celebration?
     
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  24. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,638) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I believe I was buying it by 2011 at least in stores out here. I'm not positive but I moved away from ca in 2011 and have the distinct recollection of it being my first festbier experience
     
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  25. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,820) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    We went to the Chico Oktoberfest one year, before the collaborations. They had a variety of German styles. I remember the Vienna and the Oktoberfest being my go to beers. It was a fun event.

    Edit looked at my pictures. It was 2013. I was thinking they had a Pilsner, and the pale beer in the photo says yes.
     
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  26. scottakelly

    scottakelly Zealot (502) May 9, 2007 Ohio

    My recollection is that there was at least a couple years of SN brewed Oktoberfest beers before the collaboration started. I'm referencing beers that would be distributed to bars or retail out of California, not just brewery only releases.

    My recollection is that the SN Oktoberfest before the collabs was a hopped-up Samuel Adams Oktoberfest clone-ish brew. Heavy on the Crystal Malt and domestic 2 row and much more hoppy than the recent versions have been.
     
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  27. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Poo-Bah (1,595) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    That's awesome you discovered Gourmet Brewing. I know Doug personally and have judged beer with him, he's an awesome guy
     
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  28. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,820) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    He was at the Providence HomebrewCon. Met him there through mutual friends.
     
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  29. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,240) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    No idea - I bet that 2014 was the first time I had it. I wouldn't be surprised if it was brewery-only at the start, but perhaps it was also distributed at one point in keg only.

    My big question is if the 2020 recipe is a revival, if it was modeled after a previous release, or if it's a brand new recipe.
     
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  30. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,822) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    It may have been one of the California-local beers they brewed. I first reviewed it in 2014, from that variety pack, and I'm sure I'd have reviewed it before that if it had been available in the Midwest.
     
  31. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,646) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Yup, well aware there was none this year. Because I couldn't get the Vienna.

    Although I seem to remember Costco still haven't a mix pack, maybe I'm making this up?
     
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  32. DCH

    DCH Aspirant (240) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Those collabfests were great, especially 2018!
    I wasn't a huge fan of their 2014 version, but I'd be excited to try their 2020 take if they went solo again.
     
  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,835) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    My local Costco does not have a license to sell beer so I can't provide personal input here.

    Cheers!
     
  34. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,638) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    They did, it was Vienna, Oktoberfest, pale ale, and maybe flipside? 6 of each. I think I made it through 3 cases
     
  35. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,835) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    So, that mix-pack was a case (24 bottles) vs. the old format of 12-packs?

    Cheers!
     
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  36. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,638) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Yes. It was pretty great

    If memory serves it was under 30$ out the door, which is a great deal considering that snpa 12 packs are usually around 18$ otd around here, and I know you aren't getting prices even that good
     
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  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,835) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I do when I travel to my neighboring state of Delaware: 15 bucks there! :slight_smile:

    As regards my local beer retailers, a 12-pack is $21+. Fairly simple solution for me: I refuse to buy Sierra Nevada beers there.

    Cheers!
     
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  38. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (328) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    You are correct and it was PA, Flipside, Oktoberfest and Vienna:

    https://i.imgur.com/HUhDrTs.jpg

    I tried to get a hold of this pack last year and had asked a few distributors in PA about it, most didn't hear about it and/or said that they could not order it.
     
  39. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,835) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Probably because this mix-pack was 'dedicated' for Costco? My local Costco doesn't have a beer retail license. Do you know of any that do in PA?

    Cheers!
     
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  40. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (328) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yeah I figured that would be the case going into it but I thought that it was worth a shot, as the product is in a system somewhere and if it shows up in said system maybe I too can get a hold of it.

    I am not aware of any either but I think that we may see it one day.
     
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