Sierra Nevada Celebration Sightings (2022)

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  1. ESHBG

    ESHBG Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    It depends on your municipality and even if you are putting them in the recycling they may still get sorted out and going into the regular trash unfortunately, there's been a lot going on with glass lately. It's good that you are able to reuse them!
     
  2. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Yeah, that is indeed a distinct possibility (unfortunately).

    Cheers!
     
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  3. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Jan 20, 2014 Ohio
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    Side by side of cans from Chico and Mills River. I didn’t set out to buy both, it just happened that way. The Chico ones were six packs at $10.99. The MR were in a 12 pack that cost $18.99.
    Chico on the left, MR on the right. Carb. is high on both, but even higher on the MR. Chico is mostly clear, MR is partially cloudy. Chico aroma is all pine. MR has pine with citrus in the background. Chico is more bitter and less sweet than MR. Both finish dry. Even Mrs. Marley1 could taste a difference.

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    @JackHorzempa @SierraTerence
     
  4. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    They aren’t nearly as cloudy as what we had last year, but the over carbonated issue is definitely still there. I’ll see if I can find any pictures that I emailed to them last year.
     
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    So far I have only purchased one six-pack and it was from the Mills River brewery. I concur with the aspect of highly carbonated and slightly hazy.

    Cheers!
     
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  6. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I bought my 5th 6pack yesterday. It seems like there's more in town than last year. I'll drink to that!!
     
  7. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    Failed to find a 6 pack anywhere so settled for 12-pack cans. I'm glad I did. It tastes better than ever this year - but it could be because I'm so burned out on the hazy stuff, my palate is ready for more traditional IPAs again. Looking forward to Nugget Nectar next!
     
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  8. Giantspace

    Giantspace Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I was at three places yesterday. One had none, one had a few six packs and the last stop had a mountain of 12 packs. I’m enjoying this beer.

    Enjoy
     
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  9. JoeSpartaNJ

    JoeSpartaNJ Feb 5, 2008 New Jersey

    Just picked up a 12 pack at Wegmans. 10/20/22 packaging date. Latest date I have scene.
     
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  10. CentralPABeerDude

    CentralPABeerDude Sep 1, 2022 Pennsylvania

    Did you get the bottles? Found some and picked up a 12er of them.
     
  11. JoeSpartaNJ

    JoeSpartaNJ Feb 5, 2008 New Jersey

    “seen”.
     
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  12. Giantspace

    Giantspace Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Not been to Delaware yet. Bottles are at TW. Probably be there after thanksgiving.

    Enjoy
     
  13. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Jan 8, 2015 California

    I visited the local BevMo and asked two staff about the location of Celebration. One waved me towards the Christmas beer section. The second asked, "Ale?" the ale is over there. Neither of these youngsters knew what I was asking about. The BevMo website indicated that the store had it. I could not find it. I left a little miffed but knew there were other local slightly more costly options.
     
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  14. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Saw 12 pack bottles on sale for 16.99 at a local grocery. I'll be headed there on Friday to pick that up I suppose. Maybe grab another 6 of cans for a side by side
     
  15. John_M

    John_M Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Finally getting around to trying this year's version. $5 for a 12 ounce pour at Belmont Station in PDX. I'm trying it side by side with a glass of Fieldwork pulp free IPA that was poured for me by accident. The Fieldwork is the better beer IMHO, but the celebration ale easily holds it's own. It's remarkable how outstanding this beer still tastes after all these years (I've been drinking it for roughly 40 years now). Impeccable malt and hop balance, but with enough of a hop profile to keep even a confirmed hophead interested and content. Well done once again Sierra Nevada.
     
  16. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    That is a good one sentence summary IMO.

    Cheers!
     
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  17. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Oct 17, 2012 Texas
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    Cannot overstate how great this beer is. Look forward to it every year and buy it every year.
     
  18. bubseymour

    bubseymour Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Is it just me or is this years Celebration tastier than past years? Could be my taste buds changing but I swear I’ve had this beer every year for about a decade, always thought it tastes the same, but this year the flavors and aroma jump more and more juiciness and less bitter than the past.
     
  19. ESHBG

    ESHBG Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I came across a six pack of cans that were canned on 11/01 and refrigerated so I ended up picking one up and I am trying one from the pack now. Very carbonated, lots of head, and just about the perfect balance between malts and hops until at the end and then it's hops and a bit dry. This does seem to be a bit "juicy" and I'm picking up more fruit than in years past I think, and it's a little hazy as well. I'm not saying that they messed with the recipe but this is probably the freshest I've ever had it and it's definitely a bit more complex when fresh.

    My feelings are about the same but it's satisfying my hops craving right now and I'll drink to that. Budmo!
     
  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Yeah, this topic has been discussed in the past.

    In some back & forth with Bill Manley (the Sierra Nevada Beer Ambassador of that time) it was mentioned that with the 'fresh' hop aspect of producing Celebration Ale that the qualities of each year's hop crop will be quite impactful to the flavor profile of the beer. As one point of example, in some year's the beers have more of a rose aroma/flavor from that year's 'fresh' hops (Centennial hops) while in other years rose aroma/flavor is absent.

    Cheers!
     
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  21. CentralPABeerDude

    CentralPABeerDude Sep 1, 2022 Pennsylvania

    Just picked up my 3rd 12 pack this year, so it’s looking like a 2-3 case season. My first was cans and the 2nd was bottles, both from the Mills River location. IMO, the bottles are superior by far. I seem to get more of the rose character on the nose and the flavor seems to pack a bigger punch in the bottle.
     
  22. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Jan 8, 2015 California

    I would like to hear how using bottles helps enhance hop flavors and packs a bigger punch. I am not trolling.
     
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  23. tolar111

    tolar111 Aug 17, 2008 New York
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    If I were a betting man, I would say tank conditioned cans and bottle conditioned bottles.
    That's just a guess on my part.
     
  24. CentralPABeerDude

    CentralPABeerDude Sep 1, 2022 Pennsylvania

    That was also my guess. As in bigger punch, I meant a more prominent flavor. @deanzaZZR
     
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  25. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I'd also suggest that there's possible differences between the performance of the canning and bottling line.

    I'm hoping to set up a bottle v can side by side this week so I'll report my findings
     
  26. CentralPABeerDude

    CentralPABeerDude Sep 1, 2022 Pennsylvania

    Yes, please do.
     
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  27. bcm119

    bcm119 Feb 17, 2001 California
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    I did a blind test between a can and bottle, both poured into identical glasses. They were bottled within about a week of each other in mid-late October from Chico. I chose the bottled version as my favorite, but just by a little. To my taste, the bottle had a slightly brighter hop profile, while also having a deeper, more supple malt profile in the middle.
     
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  28. ESHBG

    ESHBG Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I have done numerous side by sides with various beers and your take was like mine: the bottle is better, but not by much. I do prefer the pours that I can get from bottles vs cans, though.
     
  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I would be interesting to know what the Sierra Nevada QC panel think on the topic of bottles vs. cans for Celebration?

    Cheers!

    @SierraTerence
     
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  30. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Jan 8, 2015 California

    Do the labels on the bottles read "Bottled Conditioned" as they did in the past?
     
  31. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    I may have missed the memo, but where is bottled Celebration available? I’ve only seen cans in 6 and 12 packs. I’ve always preferred bottled Celebration to canned.
     
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  32. CentralPABeerDude

    CentralPABeerDude Sep 1, 2022 Pennsylvania

    Have it here in rural PA. Thought it was cans only until they popped up at my local spot.
     
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  33. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    It's here in northern California. Only 12 packs and not all stores have them. Some just cans
     
  34. SILVER

    SILVER Jan 3, 2007 Florida

    While checking on line for Celebration at TW I see that the different stores in my area have different supplies. It could be a combination of bottle vs cans vs 6-pks and/or 12-pks.
    So, if you are able to use that tool to find out.
     
  35. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Well I did my side by side of can v bottle. Can dated 10/03, bottle 10/12. Both from Chico. Ultimately, they were very very similar beers. It was some considerable effort to pull differences out. The head from the bottled beer was both better from the start and more persistent. My nose couldn't find àny distinct differences. On the palate, I felt like the canned beer was a little sharper. A more prominent grapefruit note and maybe some more pine. The bottle is a little softer at the edges with a bit more of the rose/floral notes. The bottled beer felt a bit fuller.

    Again, these distinctions are pretty minute and it would be easy to overlook them if I weren't searching for them. Also, while I think the bottle beer is closer to what I think of as the archetypal Celebration flavor profile I think I might have enjoyed the canned version better today. Maybe I was just in the mood for a bit more bite.

    Lovely beer all around
     
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  36. bcm119

    bcm119 Feb 17, 2001 California
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    "Fuller" is a good way to describe the bottled version. I also thought the differences were pretty subtle, and I really had to put some effort in to characterize them. And I think it would be hard to say one is objectively better than the other, but I decided I liked that fuller, softer bottled version a bit more. At least at that moment I did.

    For those in NorCal, I found cases of bottles at Costco. 28.99.
     
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  37. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Yeah I ended up getting the 12 pack for about 19$ out the door at a local grocery chain. Great deal for a great beer
     
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  38. CentralPABeerDude

    CentralPABeerDude Sep 1, 2022 Pennsylvania

    After having almost 3 12 packs of Celebration, I’m craving something hazy and less bitter. Probably in the minority, but anyone else?

    Don’t get me wrong, this beer is great. But, starting to lose its appeal quickly.
     
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  39. ESHBG

    ESHBG Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I've been like this with IPAs since I've been drinking them and they quickly become "one note" for me and I need to switch to something else. And while I love variety I do not have this issue with any of the other styles that I like and if I had to I could drink those repeatedly.
     
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  40. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I don't think I've chosen to drink 3 12 packs of any one beer in a month. I've bought 3 12 packs of Celebration, but shared them all and probably only drank a single 12 pack in that time. I bought a 6 pack of Porter and a 6 pack of Narwhal last time I went to the store
     
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