Sierra Nevada Pale Bock Returns in 2022?

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  1. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,373) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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  2. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Poo-Bah (1,794) Oct 17, 2012 Texas
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    Will buy. Love Sierra Nevada.
     
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  3. Jaycase

    Jaycase Poo-Bah (1,812) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    The 12oz label caught my eye. So is this going to be nationally distributed? Or another limited DTC release like the 16oz cans last year? If the former, color me intrigued. If the latter, wake me up when they ship to Illinois on these small batch DTC releases. :wink:
     
  4. Todd

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  5. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,373) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    @Todd -- sorry I forgot that thread (in so many ways). I guess it proves my short-term memory loses steam after 12 months. :grin::confused:
     
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  6. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,373) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    12 ounce cans seem to imply wide distribution -- aren't all of the DTC beers in 16 ouncers?

    @SierraTerence
     
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  7. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,880) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    This would be a great Come Bock…I’ll see myself out now.
     
  8. Giantspace

    Giantspace Savant (943) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The last can release stated Malt liquor on the can front. This looks to not have that pointed out.

    Enjoy
     
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  9. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,373) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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  10. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (267) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Im slowly losing interest in SN because of stuff like Summer Break and Powder Day IPA. The Little Things lineup is like whatever. I did rather enjoy Atomic Torpedo though thats probably not enough to get me excited again. At least Bigfoot is still being made.
     
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  11. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (820) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    What about Tumbler?
     
  12. Giantspace

    Giantspace Savant (943) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I agree. I buy Torpedo a few times a year and Celebration every year( 2 cases or more). I love Bigfoot but it’s been as rare as the real Bigfoot the last few years, I had to order the vert online. Powder day was pretty blah to worst for me, it was $10 so I tried it. Unfortunately most other SN sixers are closing in on $14 and that’s not for me when it comes to SN unless it’s BF or maybe Nar. I want to support them but it gets harder each year.

    I miss the seasonal mix packs, original Otra Vez, Tumbler and rye. I get they need to change to keep going but it feels like they keep missing and missing. Not sure how they are doing or where they are going but it feels inevitable they will be bought out or go smaller and more local. Not sure how they made money shipping me a 12 pack or BF and 8 pack of BA spiced BF. It shipped from CA to the East coast in two boxes.

    Enjoy
     
  13. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Crusader (726) Mar 28, 2009 California

    SN is crushing it locally. Lucky enough to have a friend live in Chico. He’s part of the Alpha Hop Society and has shared all the beers with me. They have been good to great. Plus, all the local Special releases. PB barrel aged Narwhal, Spiced Barrel Aged Bigfoot, Ruthless Rye, Pale Bock etc.

    they still distro the bulk of their portfolio but seem focused more on their local market and based on the industry trends why not.
     
  14. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,045) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    This one has escaped me. Maybe it will escape me again...
     
  15. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,373) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Well, it hasn't been widely distributed for a few years, so keep your optimism up (unlike some of the other SN haters who were uninvited... :rolling_eyes:).
     
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  16. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,045) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Shoot. If I can drink Delirium Tremens on draught in town, I will definitely be optimistic aboot getting a hold of SN Pale Bock!
     
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  17. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,391) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I just had Powder Day for first time on Saturday and Atomic Torpedo for first time tonight. Both I thought were excellent. I think they are trending in a positive direction hopefully.
     
  18. hillind

    hillind Aspirant (286) Apr 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I miss their variety, but I have to agree Powder Day is a solid IPA.
     
  19. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,736) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    The only thing I've seen from SN around here is their Pale Ale, but that's worth a go occasionally.
     
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  20. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,391) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I would love for Sierra Nevada to do another Beer Camp Variety pack (for those not familiar it was 12 different collaboration beers from 12 different breweries around the US and world). Most of those beers were very good to great and style variety was all over the place. It was closer to $30 12 pack from my recollection but for the style variety and quality it turned out to be a good value IMO.
     
  21. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,772) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    That's great news. I'm not a fan of most pale bocks, but SN's was an exception. From what a friend told me, SN's had quite a few German brewers back when that beer was originally developed.
     
  22. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,430) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    I too would love this to happen. Heck I would be thrilled if Sierra Nevada would just go back to producing seasonal packs of solely Sierra Nevada branded beers (i.e., four brands per 12 pack) but I am not holding my breath here since Sierra Nevada is doubling down (maybe quadrupling down is more appropriate here) on hoppy beers.

    The new Sierra Nevada business strategy: IPAs vs. the other brands they used to brew since this = $ as far as they are concerned. As a long term Sierra Nevada customer I personally would prefer otherwise but the Sierra Nevada corporate dudes are seeking 'newer' customers it seems. Nothing personal, just business.

    Cheers!
     
  23. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,475) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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  24. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,736) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Can't honestly say it's my favorite style but it is one I've bought without hesitation.
     
  25. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,373) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Pale Bock, Heller Bock, Maibock -- I think SN is playing to we beer enthusiasts, if not German beer enthusiasts. They know that we know what they're talkin' 'bout. :wink:
     
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  26. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Defender (688) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Totally agree. They have started making decisions more on the larger customer market which is the right business decision (otherwise, they aren't going to survive).

    I'm a huge fan boy for SN and had been a member of SN Alpha Hops Society from the first year until this year. The beers were originally high quality and focused on variations of traditional styles. Over the last couple of years, it seemed to focus more on being a pilot beer factory for those beer that they wanted to take to market. The quality was fine, but most of them were misses.

    I will still go to their taproom in Berkeley periodically and get my load of Trips to the Woods (primarily BA Bigfoot) and some of their other beers, but I don't buy much of their new offerings.
     
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  27. pbrian

    pbrian Crusader (737) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    Is this Pale Bock the same as the old Glissade spring seasonal? Either way, I'm in!
     
  28. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,373) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    No. Different beer.
     
  29. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,430) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    My last purchase of Sierra Nevada beer was a six-pack of Celebration last fall. In all likelihood my next purchase of Sierra Nevada beer will again be Celebration this upcoming fall, presuming the corporate dudes decide to not nix this brand.

    I have plenty of local craft breweries producing high quality IPAs which I can purchase very fresh (e.g., less than a month from canning) which is what I will buy vs. a Sierra Nevada brewed IPA (which is invariably old at my local beer retailers).

    Cheers!
     
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  30. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,772) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    In my area (CO), Sierra Nevada's lineup is fresher than most local beers. Trick is, I don't love most of their lineup at the moment. I'll always love SNPA, Celebration, Bigfoot, and Narwhal, but I couldn't care less about the rest. I like the Porter, Stout, Kellerweis, etc....but those aren't sold here.
     
  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,430) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    How old are the local beers at your retailers?

    Cheers!
     
  32. sefus12

    sefus12 Aspirant (227) Sep 7, 2006 Massachusetts

    Right there with you as a giant SN fanboy and 100% agree with everything you say. Don’t blame them at all. Just wish I could get Porter or Stout or Glissade or Nooner or many more.
     
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  33. dele

    dele Initiate (110) Mar 13, 2019 Massachusetts

    Aren't going to survive? That seems pretty implausible. They sell enough Pale Ale that they could produce nothing but that all year and survive just fine. Maybe they wouldn't make as much profit, I'll give you that. But would that really be such a terrible thing, if it meant they stayed true to the identity and products that brought them success until now? I wish there were a place in our world - and especially our beer industry - for companies that could be satisfied with being good at what they do and turning a decent profit, focusing on taking care of their employees and serving their core custoemers without having to be constantly looking for more revenue, more profit, more growth, every single year.
     
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  34. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,373) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    As a "giant fanboy" you only buy one six-pack of SN a year?

    I'll admit to not being a big fan of some of the newer beers in their lineup, but I'll always give their beers a try based on their reputation. Powder Day was a pleasant surprise.

    Not to mention that I'm very familiar with the Pale Bock and how good it is, so that's an easy choice. And Pale Ale is a frequent go-to over each year.

    45 SN beers reviewed and counting.
     
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  35. Shanex

    Shanex Poo-Bah (1,760) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Same here, although we could get their IPA Hop Hunter fairly easily at some point but not anymore. Very good both of them, and classic old reliable I’d also add.

    Why can’t I find Hop Hunter anymore? You guys can still get it - people or locations where Sierra Nevada is fairly available at least…?
     
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  36. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,373) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Hop Hunter isn't listed on the SN website, are you sure it's still being brewed?

    Ah hah --
    https://sierranevada.com/beer/hop-hunter-ipa/

    On tap only.
     
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  37. Shanex

    Shanex Poo-Bah (1,760) Dec 10, 2015 France
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  38. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (556) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Stopped reading about halfway through the comments, but if they do this like they did PB Cup Narwhal I will be placing an online order. Seems like a solid beer to get.
     
  39. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,772) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Between 3-12 weeks is typical, although the last year has skewed things a bit. Getting fresh hoppy beers from a LOT of places has been a challenge. SN stuff tends to be in the 3-6 week range most of the time.
     
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