Release Sierra Nevada to collaborate with 12 breweries in 2014

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  1. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (248) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    We're still in the pilot/test brewing phase at the moment, but yes, Allagash did supply their house yeast for this. We actually have quite a few different yeast strains in the works for this so far, which will be quite the challenge come full production time.
    Hanging out with all these guys last week was incredibly fun and I can't wait to get these beers int he works!

  2. mikefuski17

    mikefuski17 Disciple (394) Jul 25, 2013 Oregon

    This f'ing rocks. I love when the big guns in the craft industry get together and do amazing things. Can't wait to get this. Hopefully it will be available all over. Can't wait!
  3. JT99125

    JT99125 Initiate (0) May 7, 2013 New Jersey

    This is exactly what I was thinking. Especially since I have never seen anything from 8 of these breweries in my distribution area of South Jerzz(Allagash, Asheville, Bells, Cigar City, New Glarus, Ninkasi, Russian River, Three Floyds)
  4. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

  5. Spinaltapped

    Spinaltapped Disciple (331) Oct 24, 2013 Illinois
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    Oh god. Milk coffee stout. *drools*
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  6. gunhaver

    gunhaver Initiate (0) May 27, 2007 Florida

    Cigar City piloted a heavily hopped Heller bock with several experimental varieties of very tropical hops.
  7. Crawfordesquire

    Crawfordesquire Initiate (124) Dec 20, 2011 North Carolina
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    Id call permanent funeral an imperial ZD.
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  8. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,576) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Dan and New Glarus going the ESB route? Read on.
  9. dsprainman

    dsprainman Aspirant (204) Aug 12, 2011 California
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    Talked to Vinnie about his contribution on Saturday. He said they were brewing a very dry, hoppy belgian style blonde ale. He said that it sounds like many of the other brewers (as evident in the announcements so far) were making small brews. Considering this hits shelves in summertime, that sounds just fine by me. Really looking forward to this!
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  10. Irrenarzt

    Irrenarzt Disciple (359) Mar 1, 2009 New Mexico
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    We got to sample most, if not all of the 12 beers from the fermenters at beer camp a couple weeks ago as they had already brewed all the test batches (or most of them). They were very generous with the sampling that day. I thought the Three Floyds and the Cigar City were the standouts, as was a baltic porter but I can recall whose beer that was. Abe was saying that the color on the Cigar City one was a bit off and Wayne being a stickler was likely to fly out again to rebrew it. It should be a worthy 12 pack once it drops...

    Here's a pic of the board they have in the pilot brewery fermenter room that day (they have multiple rooms with a ton of the smaller 20 bbl fermenters so not all of the test batches were in this room, only the ones they had brewed more recently):

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  11. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (248) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    Aargh... you're giving away our secrets!

    Not really, but that's a lucky pull in the pilot cellar. Abe's more generous than I ever was. Seeing this, makes me miss being in Chico where I could steal all the samples I wanted!!

  12. Irrenarzt

    Irrenarzt Disciple (359) Mar 1, 2009 New Mexico
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    The sheer number of samples to be had in Chico is mind numbing.


    This was right off an 800 bbl fermenter of Torpedo but we had that little spigot with us all the time and got to sample so many different beers.
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  13. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (5,372) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    I cannot contain my beerection about this 12 pack.
  14. BeerGuyEsquire

    BeerGuyEsquire Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Minnesota

    So true that the rest of the country (aside from the lucky Midwest) needs to taste the glory that is NG.
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  15. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Sierra Nevada is America's greatest brewery.
  16. BeerGuyEsquire

    BeerGuyEsquire Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Minnesota

    I like your boldness, my friend. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was the first beer that blew my palate away, and I can honestly say that it got my shopping the beer shelves. I'll just sit back and watch the debate unfold.
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  17. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    I second that to say greatest because of a few things...
    1- Ease of acquiring a superior product
    2- Price point
    3- Bigfoot, Cele,Hoptimum and Narwhal
    To name a few killer beers Not the least being the eagerly awaited newest Beer Camp
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  18. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Add their contributions to the craft community in the form of collaboration beers (sharing of ideas and techniques) and their amazing focus on environmental protection initiatives and it puts them to another level. Then you look at their offerings and forget it, you name, they probably got it. Oh and they've been at this for like 30 years.
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  19. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Aspirant (241) Feb 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Do you know if the 12 brewery Beer Camp will be similar in production numbers to this year's Beer Camp? I'm expecting it to be more of a strained production, and my pessimism from dealing with PA distribution is making me skeptical that I'll get to try this.
  20. Irrenarzt

    Irrenarzt Disciple (359) Mar 1, 2009 New Mexico
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    If I recall correctly, they are brewing 200 bbl of each of the 12 Beer Camp collaborations.
  21. BillManley

    BillManley Aspirant (248) Jul 2, 2008 Minnesota

    The production of this Beer Camp Across America pack will be larger than 2013's Beer Camp pack, and since one of our partners is Victory, I would expect PA to get a fair amount. Also, if you are in the Philly area, we have something extra-special planned for this spring. Stay tuned for more details.

  22. Reino

    Reino Aspirant (241) Aug 30, 2007 Oregon

    I believe Ninkasi now has Widmer-esque size tanks, and most folks in OR, WA, CA, AK, ID etc would know the name. Their IPA is the Oregon version of SNPA where you can go to a dive bar with shit beer, but they still have Total Domination IPA on tap as a fail safe. There are plenty of breweries from OR that would be cooler to see them do a collaboration with, but Ninkasi makes sense because of their size, their following, their ridiculously good marketing, and how much they give back to Oregon in so many different ways. You probably have a Ninkasi sticker on your back right now and don't even know it! :slight_smile:
  23. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Wish a brewer from the buckeye state would have gotten in on that...anyone, anyone. Great Lakes? Fatheads? Thristy Dog? Hoppin' Frog? Columbus? Jackie O's? just a curious homer
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  24. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    It's ok. 13th place is nothing to sneeze at. :wink:

    Or was that 14th place if you count Sierra Nevada? :astonished:
  25. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Disciple (308) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey
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    Incredible news, Bill! We got quite a bit of the latest Beer camp. I can see myself grabbing as much as I can of this if it's as good as I think it will be.
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  26. cefiro355

    cefiro355 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2014 New York

    Wow, like most said, if this is normal distribution that's fantastic!
  27. carolinabeerguy

    carolinabeerguy Savant (932) Oct 10, 2005 North Carolina
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    Just bumping this to say I can't wait for it to come out.
  28. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Very excited about the New Zealand Pils.
  29. Papa_Lafayette

    Papa_Lafayette Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2012 California

    As far as I can guess they probably treated each like a beer camp meaning each brewery most likely decided what style they wanted brew ahead of time so that SN could either propagate the yeast or have the respective brewery send it over. Then have a day of recipe formulation and I am betting Sierra Nevada has a good amount of ingredients in house. Also I must think that this is going to be SN Distro since the idea is to celebrate up and coming breweries on a larger scale so folks outside of the smaller distros (FFF, NG, CCB, RR) can enjoy beers from breweries they may not have access to easily.

    IMO, What SN does best, second to making great beer, is keeping the craft beer brotherhood alive and well.

    My two cents anyway. Can't wait for this!
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  30. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,017) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    Shit.. glad I know someone in Chico just in case they keep some stuff close by..
  31. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    Just a quick update:
    According to the Sierra Nevada newsletter, the Bell's contribution will be a porter, the Ashville Brewers Alliance did a Scottish ale, and Oskar Blues contributed a rye bock. So...

    Allagash - Belgian pale ale
    Bell's - porter
    Cigar City - maibock
    Firestone Walker - NZ pils
    Victory - Altbier
    Russian River - Belgian blonde ale
    Ninkasi - foreign cream stout
    Oskar Blues - rye bock
    Ashville Brewers Alliance - Scottish ale
    New Glarus - English bitter/ESB
    Ballast Point - ?
    Three Floyds - ?
  32. Auror

    Auror Defender (644) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I'm hoping BP or FFF makes an IPA, because that is sorely missing from that pack.
  33. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Devotee (425) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    Looking forward to the new glarus, victory, and Asheville brews.
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  34. Jay_Ulreich

    Jay_Ulreich Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2014 Indiana

  35. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Champion (889) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio
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    For sure! Maybe Three Floyds could make The Truly Permanent Funeral (an IIIPA). :wink:
  36. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,480) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    referencing a recent thread, i bet that "new zealand pils" is going to be a "game changer." a really well done pils with new zealand hops is a *great* idea. my money is on it being the standout of the pack.

    ballast point should do something with hot peppers since they're so good at it.

    three floyds... don't know, don't care; everything i've had from them has been great.
  37. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (606) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    More updates on the Ninkasi collab for the Beer Camp series. It will be a milk coffee stout. Sound freaking awesome!

    Hailing from Eugene, OR, Ninkasi knows a thing or two about a great cup of joe. Coffee and craft beer are regarded with near religious fervor in the Pacific Northwest, so it’s natural to combine them. Featuring coffee from the venerable Oregon roasting company Stumptown, this milk coffee stout is a play on a latte, the ubiquitous café-counter favorite.
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  38. Hop-Droppen-Roll

    Hop-Droppen-Roll Zealot (537) Nov 5, 2013 Minnesota
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    Will these be distro'd by wholesalers that carry sierra nevada? For example, in my territory, Bell's and SN are carried by competing wholesalers - who's to carry the SN/Bell's porter?
  39. fAtHanD

    fAtHanD Initiate (136) Mar 7, 2007 Michigan

    I would assume that because this is Sierra Neveda's Beer Camp Across America that it would be ultimately be released via their distributors and not the guest brewerys
  40. Coleburgess09

    Coleburgess09 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2014 North Carolina

    Omg I'm so excited I just found out about this so now I don't have to wait too long haha. Hope the distribution is pretty wide seems like it'd be hard to do that many great collabs and have it everywhere for a decent amount of time. Yet again they do have 2 breweries on each coast now. As does oskar blues so who knows
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