Sierra Nevada Celebration (2020)

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  1. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (526) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    With less travel and dining/drinking out, I have felt a greater pull toward seasonal things. Local apples/pies, local brews and hiking/fishing all across NC.

    With Mills River in my "backyard," I cannot WAIT for 2020 Celebration. Although I am enjoying/supporting some smaller/local places to the best of my ability, this annual classic is soon to be on the shelf and cannot wait to see what the 2020 version tastes like. Old school that holds up!

    Please shout out when you see it!!

    @SierraTerence when can we hope to see it? Can we have a review of this years?:grinning: :beers:
     
  2. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (556) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Celebration is to Winter as peanut butter is to jelly.
     
  3. AWA

    AWA Defender (632) Jul 22, 2014 California
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    Damn. I forgot we are getting close to Celebration season. Damn year of covid has totally blown my concentration.
     
  4. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,686) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Oh great, not another IPA thread. :wink:
     
  5. jkrich

    jkrich Meyvn (1,437) Nov 1, 2001 Florida
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    I wonder what spices Sierra Nevada will add to Celebration this year. The rumor is nutmeg. :rolling_eyes:
     
  6. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,195) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Thank god you have BA to keep you focused!
     
  7. AWA

    AWA Defender (632) Jul 22, 2014 California
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    Damn straight. I haven't been around much the last couple months, but nice to know it's always here for me.
     
  8. VWSunroof

    VWSunroof Initiate (132) Aug 2, 2003 Texas

    I bet it's not as hoppy as it used to be.:laughing:
     
  9. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (754) Mar 28, 2009 California

    SN’s instagram story shows it being bottled!!
     
  10. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (10,026) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Really?

    There is at least "A" reason to celebrate 2020?

    Optimistic bastards, ain't y'all.?
     
  11. MrOH

    MrOH Poo-Bah (2,084) Jul 5, 2010 Malta
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    Hope springs eternal, and you gotta take the little victories when you can.
     
  12. dennisthreeninefiveone

    dennisthreeninefiveone Initiate (164) Aug 11, 2020 New Jersey
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    It won't be as good as last years that is for sure!!
     
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  13. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (478) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I just saw this a couple days ago and I became extremely excited!


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    last year they didn’t post anything till the 12th. I can’t wait to get my keg if it!
     
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  14. jonphisher

    jonphisher Poo-Bah (1,526) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    How about this...This year’s will be better than lasts because this year’s exist fresh and last year’s doesn’t :slight_smile:
     
  15. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    The one seasonal that I truly seek out.

    I also like Highlands Cold Mountain, imo it’s a bit pricy but its a really good beer. I had just a simple Highlands IPA at Barleys in Asheville two years ago, and it was stunningly good, I wasn’t expecting much, but don’t sleep on Highlands beers.
     
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  16. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Aspirant (263) Jul 29, 2006 New Hampshire

    I was waiting for this thread. Love it. Pumped for it this year. 2020 has been so... well, you know. Glad to look forward to this and skiing.

    I'll be brewing my home brew clone of it in about 2 weeks. Already warming up my spice grinder :wink:. Hopefully I can get some to drink at the same time.
     
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  17. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Defender (651) Jun 28, 2014 Texas
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    Bring it on! Celebration is hands down my favorite seasonal. I like to celebrate early so I wouldn't be made if SN started releasing this in September, kinda like the pumpkin beers and Oktoberfests hitting shelves in July. Who needs calendars anymore?
     
  18. sefus12

    sefus12 Aspirant (240) Sep 7, 2006 Massachusetts
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    I've been a craft beer fan since about 2005 and this is still my favorite IPA out there. Can't wait for it to hit the DC area.

    Damn, I can't wait for my first Celebration.
     
  19. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,917) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Remember, Celebration is one of their bottle conditioned beers so add 14 days to the date of their IG story above before it's sent out to the wild. :wink: I'm looking forward to it as many others.
     
  20. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (46) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    My local store just got a bunch of summer fest, celebration is probably a few months out still.
     
  21. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,544) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    So, they should brew it before the hops are harvested and dried? :grin: Add another term to the mix - green, wet, fresh and, now - immature.
     
  22. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Defender (651) Jun 28, 2014 Texas
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    That does pose quite the dilemma!
     
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  23. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,544) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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  24. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,818) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Sounds like craft beer to me. :wink:

    (except the fresh part)
     
  25. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,826) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Maybe they could instead brew with hop stalks!?!:grimacing:

    Cheers!
     
  26. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,544) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Yeah, they could use the slogan (OK, it does need some work but, hey, I'm retired...):

    "Unlike other craft brewers, only our hops are immature, not our brand names and labels!"

    How 'bout a spring seasonal, brewed with hop shoots? They taste asparagus-like, as every hop grower know (I hope!) - I normally just eat mine raw in the garden* (similar to the first shoots of asparagus, now that I think about it).

    *Same for early cherry tomatoes, scallions, radishes, blueberries, raspberries, arugula... damn, no wonder my garden harvest never seems large. I eat a good percentage of it while I'm out there...:grimacing:
     
  27. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (754) Mar 28, 2009 California

    have you done a clone a before?
     
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  28. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,826) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Sounds like your garden has a varmint problem - you!:stuck_out_tongue:

    Cheers!
     
  29. Judgie

    Judgie Aspirant (236) Nov 21, 2012 Indiana

    Celebration Ale time! "it's the reason for the season", "it's the most wonderful time of the year...", etc. I could go on and on.
     
  30. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Aspirant (263) Jul 29, 2006 New Hampshire

  31. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (2,021) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    Per IG story today look out for it to hit stores next week.
     
  32. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Poo-Bah (1,909) Nov 4, 2015 New York
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    No, Sierra Nevadas :heavymetal::stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:
     
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  33. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,354) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I do HOPE that it shows up this year locally, unlike the last Bigfoot.
     
  34. Soneast

    Soneast Champion (879) May 9, 2008 Wisconsin

    Love love love this beer! Always look forward to it. Interesting, this is the one seasonal beer where nobody ever seems to complain about seasonal creep. It can't come soon enough!
     
  35. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (478) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

  36. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,826) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Well, since this beer is brewed with dried hops from the new hop harvest of the year (hops in the PNW are ready for picking the end of summer/beginning of fall) there is only so much 'creep' that can occur.

    Cheers!
     
  37. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (556) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Last year’s was so good. Hoping this year’s is on par with it or better.
     
  38. jasonmason

    jasonmason Aspirant (213) Oct 6, 2004 California
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    A huge batch of SN Stout?!? Finally!

    I kid, I know most people equate the red caps with Celebration. But is sure would be a great Christmas present to see BOTH red-capped SN beers on shelves this winter!
     
  39. Providence

    Providence Champion (829) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    I had a bottle from last year in my excess beer box down in my basement. I guess I never got to it. I drank one at cellar temp the other day. It was incredible. I mean, it was one of the tastiest beers I've ever had. I don't know what it was, maybe I was just in a good mood, but 10 month old (maybe more) SN Celebration at probably 58 degrees was an amazing experience.
     
  40. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,826) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Jesse, it has been my experience that Celebration holds up well over time. I think it is due to the combination of the beer being bottle conditioned and the fact that it is a 'balanced' hoppy beer (i.e., has a notable maltiness along with the hoppy aspect).

    Cheers!
     
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