Sierra Nevada Changes, Rumors & News (2022)

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  1. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Poo-Bah (1,919) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    Celebration is not anywhere, including their tap rooms, so 2021 is the best case scenario.

    https://sierranevada.com/beer-locator/
     
  2. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,685) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Still, I think I'd really want to try that keg. Maybe too much! :wink:
     
  3. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Poo-Bah (1,919) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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  4. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,685) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Oh c'mon, it wouldn't even take a single dare to try a pint of last year's Celebration -- I have 2 bottles in my stash right now and even sampled some very old bottles for one of last year's tastings.

    I'd bet that beer is pretty tasty!
     
  5. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Thought I heard it was heading to distributors on the 17th of this month, so it seems unlikely they've got this year's batch
     
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  6. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,354) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Yeah, I've had some that were near 3 years old and I reckoned that they were just fine.
     
  7. tolar111

    tolar111 Meyvn (1,138) Aug 17, 2008 New York
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    A few years ago, I was in a bar owned by first time bar owners. It was toward the end of summer, and I ordered a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on draft. I watched the bartender pour from the Pale Ale labeled tap handle. I was served a Celebration Ale; it was actually a pleasant surprise. The hops had faded somewhat but hop malt balance hadn't shifted all that much and I didn't detect any oxidation or other ill effect of age. I asked the bartender to take a look at the top of the keg and she confirmed that it was Celebration. I drank 2 pints and told her to let the owner know, so he could take it up with his beer distributor
     
  8. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (478) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I believe I should have enough bottles of celebration to do a 5-6 year vertical of it. I do have some 2020 and 2021 to compare
    To this year’s 2022 when it comes out!
     
  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,824) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  10. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I don't know why, but all this aged Celebration talk is making me want to experiment with blending Celebration and Bigfoot
     
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  11. tolar111

    tolar111 Meyvn (1,138) Aug 17, 2008 New York
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    Sierra Nevada did that for their 30th anniversary, they included Pale Ale for good measure.
    It was great, I had a few bottles and draft pours

    https://thebeerly.com/sierra-nevada-30th-anniversary-grand-cru/

    A blend of three beers and aggressively dry hopped. 22% barrel aged : 78% ale

    1. Oak aged Bigfoot Barleywine
    2. Celebration Ale
    3. Pale Ale (fresh)
    The last of the 30th Anniversary ales had to be huge and the team at Sierra Nevada chose to showcase three well-loved brews the produce into one historic concoction. These beers (a barleywine, IPA, and hoppy APA) were blended together and they fit perfectly! Corked and caged like prior brews, it developed a silky cream colored head as I poured the vibrant ruby-amber-copper hue into my snifter. With a generous swirl (after pictures) I noticed it had some legs as well.
     
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  12. ESHBG

    ESHBG Devotee (454) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

  13. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (360) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Rumor has it, Sierra Nevada is replacing celebration IPA with a lager.

    I started that rumor, just now.
     
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  14. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,248) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Just got this today as a freebie/packing material with a glassware order. They’re taunting me!

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Giantspace

    Giantspace Meyvn (1,051) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania


    I would buy that all day.

    Enjoy
     
  16. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Devotee (461) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Does North Coast still brew their Old Stock Ale? That was one of my favorite brews, but I haven't seen it in a long time.
     
  17. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,824) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I went grocery shopping at my local Giant (KoP) and looked to see if they had this Hoppy Sampler pack in stock. They had an old pack (it had Atomic as part of the pack).

    Maybe I will see this new pack after Christmas?

    Cheers!
     
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  18. Giantspace

    Giantspace Meyvn (1,051) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I saw that pack recently. Thought it was a nice hoppy mix. Put it back as it was packed in early May. Thought I might have stumbled into fresh Dankful.

    Enjoy
     
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  19. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Aspirant (244) Jan 8, 2015 California

    It's readily available around here in 4 pack 12 oz bottles.
     
  20. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I believe it's still made. The barrel aged version seems to come around from time to time as well
     
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  21. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Defender (654) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    yes it does
    that 2020 brandy barrel aged old stock i found got me excited as hell to try one. i also have a 2013 cellar reserve old stock ill open at the 10 year mark
     
  22. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Damn, I'm gonna have to seek that one out. That's a beer that would probably play very well with brandy
     
  23. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,867) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    A fresh* wet hop brew that's from cryo hops...oh the humanity! Even I'm pissed about that nomenclature, labeling and marketing.

    Paging @BBThunderbolt
     
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  24. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Yeah they're really messing with everyone now
     
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  25. LiquidAmber

    LiquidAmber Poo-Bah (8,843) Feb 20, 2009 Washington
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    "Hazy Little _____s"
    I like that.
     
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  26. LiquidAmber

    LiquidAmber Poo-Bah (8,843) Feb 20, 2009 Washington
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    I hardly age much any more, but this one ages quite nicely. Even my overaged bottles are enjoyable.
     
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  27. ESHBG

    ESHBG Devotee (454) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    It kind of reminds me of the marketing for Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday.
     
  28. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,824) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    But wait! There's More! You can get a BIG Little beer:

    [​IMG]
     
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  29. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Oh yeah, wasn't that beer brewed using frozen wet hops? Hmm seems like SN might be disregarding all kinds of labeling conventions AND rewriting history. But maybe I'm just forgetting the whole story with Born Again.

    There's also this doozy from the beers page on the SN website;

    Let's just say that I can think of a couple things closer to that (which, I believe you can do that at some Yakima breweries) than buying a beer made with frozen hops
     
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  30. ESHBG

    ESHBG Devotee (454) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Yes, and they went with the "fresh wet hops at anytime" angle also.
     
  31. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I get why they go with this angle, but I'm not convinced it's the way to go. The whole "fresh/wet hop" thing is a bit niche even in the PNW. I'm not convinced it's a real selling point to the wider beer audience, although food and beverage makers seem to have made a lot of hay out of the whole concept of "fresh" so I guess that makes sense.
     
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  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,996) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I think a store by me has an "aged beer shelf" (purposely aged) and may have some back to 2008...

    Same exact hop and malt profile. Aged Celebration tastes like a mini aged Bigfoot to me.
     
  33. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (478) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    To play devils advocate for the the period in the season for fresh wet hops....if you can obtain that whenever.....then where's the push for urgency to get these beers?
     
  34. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,917) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    New label for a possible new entry in the SN 'Little Thing' lineup. And before you say, "Oh Sierra Nevada, not another IP...." read the label :wink:. Hopefully standalone six packs but I'm guessing it will be in an upcoming Little Things Party Pack possibly? I'm definitely up for trying it should it be available in my market.

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  35. BMBCLT

    BMBCLT Poo-Bah (1,938) May 9, 2014 South Carolina
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    Summerfest in disguise? :thinking_face:

    Another reason to tag Terence. :grin:
     
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  36. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (4,935) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    I’m in. Seems like they’ve found a line of branding that works, although I’ve always been a fan of their classic labels.
     
  37. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,194) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    It's weird what they're doing with the "little thing" brand. I thought it was gonna be their hazy ipa brand, but now they've got a kettle sour and a pale lager?

    Is this Grossman family judo? Will they have the new school little thing drinkers sipping thing branded versions of all of the classics? Stout little thing, tumbled little thing, southern Gothic little thing, etc
     
  38. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Aspirant (244) Jan 8, 2015 California

    Interesting. Make the hops traditional European hops, please. (not holding my breath)
     
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  39. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (4,935) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    You left off Pale Little Thing and Celebration Little Thing. (Also,I’m not sure how Bigfoot fits. Big Little Foot?)
     
  40. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,321) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I'm sure Six Flags is a careful curator of all of their beverages........Hopefully.
     
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