Sierra Nevada Starts 2015 off Strong… and Hoppy!

 

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Sierra Nevada Brewing releases three new beers to start off 2015

We adore Sierra Nevada brews.  Established in 1980 in Chico, CA, Sierra Nevada was instrumental in creating what is now known as the craft beer revolution.  Sam Adams (Boston Beer Co.) soon followed… and look at the category now!  We’re excited about Sierra Nevada’s upcoming brews.  Keep the hops coming!

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(Chico, CA) — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is debuting two year-round beers in early 2015: the intensely hop-heavy Hop Hunter IPA and the sessionable Nooner Pilsner. The brewery will also unveil its newest spring seasonal selection, Beer Camp Hoppy Lager, for a total of three brand-new beers for craft drinkers to explore.

Hop Hunter IPA features oil from wet hops steam distilled in the hop field, minutes after harvest—for the first time, drinkers can taste wet-hop character year-round. This pure, powerful hop essence is used alongside traditional hops to create the ultimate IPA experience. Hop Hunter IPA will be available year-round in 12-ounce bottles and on draught.

Alongside Hop Hunter IPA, Sierra Nevada will introduce its first year-round lager with Nooner Pilsner. Nooner is a refreshing and aromatic German-style pilsner that’s easy-drinking yet full of spicy and floral hop flavor from the use of whole-cone European hop varietals. Available on draught, in six-pack bottles, and in twelve-pack cans, Nooner is the perfect way to kick off an afternoon of adventure.

Beer Camp Hoppy Lager rounds out Sierra Nevada’s new releases for early 2015. Beer Camp is the ultimate brewing experience. Sierra Nevada invites beer fans to the brewery nearly every week to create a collaborative beer, and each spring, they will release one of the highlights from the past year. This year’s hoppy lager is a reimagined encore of the hop-forward collaboration with San Diego’s Ballast Point that was a part of the incredibly popular Beer Camp Across America mixed pack.

“We’ve been incredibly busy designing and tweaking all of these new beers” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “Our brewhouses have been going round-the-clock perfecting the recipes and it has been really fun to explore the limits of hops. I’m really excited about the work we’ve done on Hop Hunter. We’re no stranger to experimental hops and hopping techniques, but developing distilled wet hop oil is unlike anything we’ve tried. The results are amazing.”

All of these new releases will be widely available throughout the Sierra Nevada distribution footprint and can be found using the brewery’s Beer Locator.

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovations in the brewhouse as well as advances in sustainability. It is famous for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com.

 

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Ballantine IPA… a blast from the past!

ballantineBallantine IPA is back with a vengance.  Sure, we’ve carried the Ballantine Ale for years and years but the IPA fell off the map.  It’s back and better than ever!  This brew dating back to the mid-1800’s is a hoppy IPA with a bitter finish.  It’s super-hoppy and a bit high in octaine (7.2% ABV).  If you haven’t had this in years, now’s the time to revisit this historic brew.

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Remember Ballantine IPA? It’s back!

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Ballantine’s IPA was just released last week in our region and to start, I ordered one case of six-pack bottles.  Twenty-four hours later, we were sold out.  This brew shouldn’t be confused with its namesake Ballantine XXX Ale which has been on the scene since 1850.  Talk about a lasting brand!

What USA Today has to say about Ballantine IPA:

Pabst is making another old-school beer move by resurrecting a classic brand, Ballantine India Pale Ale.

First brewed in 1878 at Ballantine Brewing Co., in Newark, N.J., the legendary beer in its original hoppy form was phased out in the ’70s as big-brand lagers overwhelmed the marketplace. (A watered-down version remained on the market until the mid-’90s.)

Now Pabst Brewing, which has 30 beers including Old Style, Schlitz and Lone Star in its lineup, hopes to make a hit out of the revived beer at a time when flagship Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR, has been adopted by hipsters as cheap, cool and nostalgic.

When Ballantine IPA arrives in stores in six packs and 750-milliliter bottles next month, “We are hoping that the current (Pabst Blue Ribbon) consumers will embrace the Ballantine IPA,” said Pabst master brewer Greg Deuhs.

At the same time, Deuhs did a lot of work to create a brew that could also seduce craft beer drinkers, who are always craving new and often hoppy experiences. “When I came on board,” he says, “one of my challenges was, how do we get into the craft business? I said that we already have the answer: Ballantine IPA.” Pabst has owned the brand since its 1975 acquisition of Falstaff.

Mike Snider

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The IPA will be available in nine northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, including New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Appealing to the growing craft beer market as well as to hipsters and mainstream consumers could mean success for Ballantine IPA. While overall beer consumption fell nearly 2% last year in the $100 billion beer market, craft beer consumption grew 17% and accounted for $14.3 billion, according to the Brewers Association.

In re-creating Ballantine IPA, Deuhs had no original recipe or company notes to fall back on. Instead, he relied on analytic reports from as far back as the ’30s that tracked the ale’s attributes (alcohol, bitterness, gravity level). He also researched what ingredients were likely used, historical accounts of the beer and beer lovers’ remembrances.

After about two years of brewing test batches, he began pilot production trials at Cold Spring (Minn.) Brewing Co., which makes its own Third St. Brewhouse beers and contracts out its brewing capacity for other producers. “We wanted to make it as authentic as possible and a true craft beer,” Deuhs says.

The IPA uses four different malts and eight different hops, as well as hop oil to finish it off. American oak chips are used in the process, harking back to the oak and cypress barrels used for the original beer.

As for Ballantine’s taste, “The beer has a nice malt/hop balance, and leans more toward the hoppy side of the fence and not at all the malty-British-IPA balance I anticipated,” says Bil Corcoran who runs My Beer Buzz, an online beer site and podcast, and has tasted it. “I thought it was a really enjoyable and distinct IPA. … I do think they will draw in both the current craft beer drinker who appreciates a good IPA as well as the craft beer newbies who appreciate the historical or family links the Ballantine name carries.”

 

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Harpoon Beer Tasting

harpJoin us today (September 5) for a tasting of Harpoon seasonal and year-round offerings.

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