Sierra Nevada Celebration 2019

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by MikeP64, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (166) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

    Just a day after seeing it on the packaging line on Instagram it's on the shelves here in SC,
    It's awesome...better than last years. I know I know nothing is supposed to be better ''than last years' but SN nailed it this year Floral,piney,and malty all at the same time with no fruitcake/pumpkin spice adjuncts that most 'holiday' seasonal beers have. Get some this weekend and ring in the holiday season. Cheers!
     
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  2. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (364) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    No spices??

    That's a first.
     
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  3. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (239) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Beat me to it :grin:
     
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  4. deadwolfbones

    deadwolfbones Initiate (125) Jun 21, 2014 Oregon

    This and Jubelale are my winter staples.
     
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  5. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Disciple (392) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio
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    Picked up a sixer yesterday. I haven’t gotten into it yet, but I’m glad to hear they dialed back the nutmeg...
     
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  6. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Initiate (125) Jan 8, 2015 California

    $15.99 a 12 pack here.

    <burp>
     
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  7. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (436) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    From Untapped Check in’s, I’ve seen it arrive as far as NY on the east coast. This day last year I had a 12 pack and a keg on tap. I can’t wait to see it on shelves and get a keg in the kegerator! My all time favorite beer!
     
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  8. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    My favorite winter brew.
     
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  9. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Zealot (570) Jun 28, 2014 Texas
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    Probably my favorite nationally distributed seasonal...and it's not even close. Tis' the season!
     
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  10. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,881) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    The Jubel is awesome!
     
  11. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (408) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    One of the best spiced IPAs out there. Hope the cinnamon/nutmeg flavor is still as prevalent as last year's.
     
  12. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (227) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Such a great beer, as always eagerly awaiting that first six pack
     
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  13. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Never had that one.
     
  14. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,102) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    This shows great restraint on your part.
     
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  15. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Disciple (392) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio
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    My wife put a chastity belt on my beer fridge.
     
  16. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,414) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    Funny enough, the only seasonals I favor more than Celebration are .... Narwhal and Hoptimum! Sierra Nevada kills it.
     
  17. John_M

    John_M Poo-Bah (6,476) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Likewise.... And I was all set to pounce with my pre-planned reply.

    "Good, but I don't care for the spices they used this year. Also, clearly not as hoppy as last year's version, and overall not as good a beer as last year's version. Really wish SN would quit changing up the recipe every year. Can't they just leave well enough alone?"
     
  18. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Sad to hear, I don’t care for too much of the “spices” in my beers either. We’ll see.
     
  19. Doma

    Doma Initiate (33) May 19, 2019 California

    Just finished a 6-pack. Trying not to compare it to previous years and taking it for what it is now. Not too hoppy, not too malty, nice balance without anything sticking out, great drinkability and not boring at the same time. It's mild this year with no spices.
     
  20. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (546) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    @MikeP64 thanks for the heads up!

    Another BA mentioned in a older thread so I am not alone in enjoying Celebration when putting up the tree then grilling a steak dinner after wards.

    Of course there will be a month of football enjoyed with it prior to that.
     
  21. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (725) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Guess I need to make a trip to DE to grab a few 12 packs.

    Enjoy
     
  22. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,275) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    That's all tongue-in-cheek friend. Started a long time ago when some folks were convinced Celebration had spices in its recipe -- which it never has.
     
  23. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (158) Mar 14, 2007 California

    Those wondering, it came out about a week later this year due to the fresh hops we selected being picked later.

    It had nothing to due with cinnamon/nutmeg harvest window. :stuck_out_tongue:

    My favorite time of year, Celebration on tap in the pub everyday.
     
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  24. PatKorn

    PatKorn Initiate (140) Aug 30, 2007 Texas

    No spices in that beer.
     
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  25. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Ah, see I but I did think it was spiced a bit, a very little bit. I thought they used s bit of spice hence the season vs a regular ipa.
     
  26. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,275) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Nope. No spice other than hops -- the spice of beer.
     
  27. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,972) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Amazing what hops can do and how individual hop flavors can vary.
     
  28. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (387) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Cant believe this joke has gone on so long, and so sarcastically that it’s create false rumors.
     
  29. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (725) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    As well as the recipe changes each year.

    A super solid IPA year after year after year.

    Enjoy
     
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  30. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,086) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    All the spice talk remind me of how pleasantly surprised I was the first time I had celebration as a young drinker. It was the only thing a buddy has in the fridge and he just told me "it's Sierra Nevada's Christmas beer, but it's really good". I was ready for a tolerable spiced thing and instead discovered one of my very favorite beers of the year
     
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  31. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,086) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    @SierraTerence, how much does the recipe change every year? I've heard that it does but it always seems pretty consistent to me and I just assumed there are slight adjustments made based on the hops for that year so that it keeps that relative consistency.
     
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  32. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,970) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    I was looking at their website and realized a couple interesting things:

    Northern Hemisphere has the same malts as Celebration and has 2 of the 3 hops in Celebration (Cascade, Centennial, but no Chinook). And has almost the same abv and ibu. Yet they dont taste THAT simular to me.

    Celebration and Bigfoot have the exact same malts and hops but Bigfoot just has a much higher abv and somewhat higher ibu. Might be why some people say that if you age a Celebration it turns into a mini Bigfoot.
     
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  33. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,086) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    When I see them I'll try a side by side but it's worth noting that Northern hemisphere is a 'wet hop' brew while celebration just uses fresh dried hops. So maybe that's a nice window into the flavors those hops lose in the drying process
     
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  34. Rainintheface

    Rainintheface Crusader (779) Apr 30, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Looked for it at my store today after seeing SA Winter Lager post on Twitter. No luck. Hopefully next time. Celebration will be in my fridge for next two months. Easily my favorite.
     
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  35. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,970) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    But I get more and different flavors from Celebration. I like Northern Hemisphere quite a bit, but Celebration would be in the running for my desert island beer.
     
  36. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,086) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Oh I didn't mean to imply that wet hop beer was better, it's just different. Some of the flavors some hops lose are potentially undesirable. Just meant that it's a cool chance to see the differences. I'd definitely take celebration over any wet hop beer I've ever had (and I'm probably more excited about wet hops than necessary)
     
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  37. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (158) Mar 14, 2007 California

    You're correct, very slight adjustments for BU, color, OG, AE, & ABV.
     
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  38. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,086) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Awesome you guys are the best, unfortunately I was just informed by two stores near me that there won't be any Celebration until after this latest power outage is over. Fortunately I will get to celebrate the end of this power outage with some Celebration
     
  39. frkonalsh2003

    frkonalsh2003 Initiate (87) Dec 26, 2016 California

    Getting a case might be tricky this year as I'm aging and storing beer in last years case. I need a dedicated beer fridge. Maybe 4 six packs or 2 twelve packs might be better this year.
     
  40. ichorNet

    ichorNet Meyvn (1,158) Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts

    This is the content I crave. I laughed so hard even though I expected it... thank you!
     
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