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Old 09-19-2006, 09:23 PM   #1
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I always like to try new beers and keep an eye to the beer sections anytime I go shopping (I am Irish but currently based in Scotland.) At the weekend I saw a new beer in my local super market, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I had never seen it before so grabbed a bottle to try it, I have to say this is one of the nicest beers I have tried in a long time!

Is this a big brewery in America? I had not heard of them before and I am guessing as they bottle condition they are not going to be as main stream. Was just curious how this beer is viewed on its own side of the pond.

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Old 09-19-2006, 09:30 PM   #2
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That is an America classic, one of the grandaddies of the micro revolution.

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Yep, liquid gold.

Be sure to try Celebration Ale in a few months, when it getrs released. Another Sierra Nevada classic.

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They've been around since 1981 states their web site. http://www.sierranevada.com/ It is a very nice ale. They keep in line with being a micro but I hope their growth in popularity and distribution doesn't destroy their product quality. Some big corp will probably make them an offer they can't refuse eventually and destroy their product! Bah, corporate greed.

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I had some SNPA for the first time about a month ago. At first I was a little overwhelmed by the hop aroma and flavor, but after a couple I really developed a taste for it. Its probably my favorite store bought brew right now.

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I really like a hoppy flavour, I just hope I can get this again and it was not at the shop as a one off, it certainly is not a known brand over here, I asked about at work and no one else had even heard of it! Considering some of the alcoholics I work with that really says something!

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This is one of my all time faves. Excellent hop aroma and flavor. This is always available in bottles and on tap where I live. (phoenix AZ). Celebration Ale is great as well.

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I always like to try new beers and keep an eye to the beer sections anytime I go shopping (I am Irish but currently based in Scotland.) At the weekend I saw a new beer in my local super market, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I had never seen it before so grabbed a bottle to try it, I have to say this is one of the nicest beers I have tried in a long time!

Is this a big brewery in America? I had not heard of them before and I am guessing as they bottle condition they are not going to be as main stream. Was just curious how this beer is viewed on its own side of the pond.

Probably the most popular 'micro' around here, although as stated they've realy graduated to 'craft' status due to volume production. My buddys and I have consumed enough SNPA between us that we should own stock in the company (if they ever went public)!!!

Realy a good beer for its price/availablility. I have noticed lately that the batch to batch consistancy is starting to lack a bit in the hop department. Some batches are great, and others tend to push the hop envelope for me. I'm not a major hop-head however. The incosistancy could be more of a distribution/freshness issue I guess...
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I'm also a huge fan. Nice thing is that it's a great beer that is available almost everywhere in the US. I keep a keg full of it's clone if at all possible.

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Ah-Sierra Nevada Brewery!

They do indeed make delicious beers. I'm a bit biased though, as they are one of my local breweries (Butte Creek Brewery being the other). My homebrew club meets there every month and afterward we go down to the pub for a pint or two. Tonight, after the meeting, I had a pint of their Kolsch and a pint of their Octoberfest. Two very tasty brews. I think there is something like 18 beers on tap that you can't get anywhere except in the pub.

I recently read, in the local paper I think, that Sierra Nevada is the
8th largest brewery in the US in terms of production, sales, distribution, etc. but the gap between the 7th and the 8th is huge!! Someone at the meeting tonight told me that one of the big corporations recently did make an offer to buy Sierra Nevada but they were turned down and I'm pretty sure they would never sell out.
Ken Grossman, who owns Sierra Nevada, started out as a homebrewer in his garage back in the 70's and early 80's. Man, what a kick-ass success story!

It's funny, around here Sierra Nevada beers are so common that whenever there is a local brewfest type event, people here skip the SN beers and go for the other brewers stuff.

Ok, I'm just rambling, but if you ever get to Chico, CA you know where you gotta go...

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