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Sierra Nevada to collaborate with 12 breweries in 2014

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by BottleCaps80, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. mrcraft

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    Wow. That's quite the list! That might be the first 12 pack I ever buy.
     
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    Would absolutely love to get my hands on this 12 pack.
     
  3. sierranevadabill

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    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!

    -Bill
     
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    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!
     
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    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)
     
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    Oh god. Milk coffee stout. *drools*
     
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    Cigar City piloted a heavily hopped Heller bock with several experimental varieties of very tropical hops.
     
  9. Crawfordesquire

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    Id call permanent funeral an imperial ZD.
     
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    Dan and New Glarus going the ESB route? Read on.
     
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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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    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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  13. sierranevadabill

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    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!!

    -B
     
  14. Irrenarzt

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    The sheer number of samples to be had in Chico is mind numbing.

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    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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    I cannot contain my beerection about this 12 pack.
     
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    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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    Sierra Nevada is America's greatest brewery.
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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.
     
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    If I recall correctly, they are brewing 200 bbl of each of the 12 Beer Camp collaborations.
     
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    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.

    -B
     
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    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! :)
     
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    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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    It's ok. 13th place is nothing to sneeze at. ;)

    Or was that 14th place if you count Sierra Nevada? o_O
     
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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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    Wow, like most said, if this is normal distribution that's fantastic!
     
  29. adam42381

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    Just bumping this to say I can't wait for it to come out.
     
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    Very excited about the New Zealand Pils.
     
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    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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    Shit.. glad I know someone in Chico just in case they keep some stuff close by..
     
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    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 - ?
     
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    I'm hoping BP or FFF makes an IPA, because that is sorely missing from that pack.
     
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    Looking forward to the new glarus, victory, and Asheville brews.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    For sure! Maybe Three Floyds could make The Truly Permanent Funeral (an IIIPA). ;)
     
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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.
     
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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.

    http://www.sierranevada.com/blog/beer-camp-across-america/brewing-with-ninkasi
     
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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?
     
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