Sierra Nevada Stout

In the span of two or three weeks, we went from temperatures in the high eighties and low nineties to overnight freeze warnings. What happened to autumn?

In any event, this colder weather has had me thinking of richer, “meatier” beers. I thought I’d had just about all of Sierra Nevada’s lineup, but apparently not their stout. This must be rectified!

They say:

Creamy, malty, and full-bodied, the Sierra Nevada Stout is satisfyingly rich. Caramel and Black malts give the Stout its deep, dark color and pronounced roasted flavor.

Inky-dark with a pale tan head. Lots of caramel in the aroma; a bit of roastiness. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a bit of carbonation bite and some good hops bitterness. (It is 50 IBUs after all.) Still plenty malty, though. I like it, and I will have it again.

Sierra Nevada Stout

Beer news sampler

A six-pack of items that recently caught our eye.

Prophet vs profit: dilemma for brewing monks
[B]rewing monks are facing a new and unexpected challenge: commercial success. Frankly, even though it will make it difficult for me to ever try a Westmalle Dubbel, I hope they never give in.

Europe’s beer gardens of Eden
The author’s “pilgrimage” from Prague to Munich. Too bad he trots out that old—and incorrect—chestnut that Franklin supposedly said about beer and God.

Sierra Nevada, actual monks to brew new beers
Speaking of Trappist monks, a group of monks from the Abbey of New Clairvaux are partnering with Sierra Nevada to create three limited-edition beers. The proceeds from these beers will help restore a 12th century, early-gothic Cistercian chapter house that William Randolph Hearst purchased and moved to California in the 1930s.

No More Gluek Beer
Jay Brooks said it best: “Regardless of Gluek’s ultimate place in American brewing history, it’s always sad to see another old brand consigned to the scrap heap of discontinued brands, but then I’m sentimental that way.”

How Jimmy Carter Saved American Beer
It’s got nothing to do with his brother Billy or Billy Beer, but rather how the deregulation of the beer industry removed the stranglehold held by Anheuser-Busch and their ilk and allowed the explosion of craft breweries.

AB InBev loses Budweiser trademark case
AB InBev still has agreements in several countries to use the Budweiser brand, but this would have allowed them to claim the trademark in all members of the European Union. Budejovicky Budvar just gets to keep the registrations it currently has. (And let’s hope that this is the last we see of this issue.)

Glissade Golden Bock

After last year, I’ve been rather reticent to write up a beer tasting. But, well, the weather is getting rather “Spring-y” out there and, well, I’ve never seen this at my retailer. It’s a great time for a bock.

They say:

As winter begins its slide toward the sunny days of spring, we bring you Glissade Golden Bock to help you enjoy the ride. Glissade is a remarkably mellow take on the traditional spring bock. With restrained sweetness, we emphasize subtle malt flavor, balanced against delicate aromas of spicy and floral European hops. This complex balance helps Glissade slide across the palate—bracing us against the last cold nights of winter, while its bright golden color turns our thoughts toward spring.

Nice golden color with a white head. Bready, fruity aroma. Pretty big malty flavor with…not exactly subtle hops flavor, but understated for something from Sierra Nevada. I like it.

Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock

Here are some other impressions from the beer-o-sphere:

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Beer-a-Day #365

The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration® Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration® Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home.

Well, this is it. Three hundred sixty-five unique beers. 2009 has been quite a year, and not just for this little project. It’s time to celebrate.

Amber, clear, with a thick head. Nice citrusy and piney hops aroma. Nice bite from the dry hops. That’s good stuff.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

Beer-a-Day #324 Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

Anniversaries are important. They are benchmarks to help us gauge where we stand, and more importantly, they help us to see where we have come from. Each fall, we like to celebrate our anniversary by releasing a very special beer. A beer that represents our past while looking forward to our future. For the past 29 years, we at Sierra Nevada have had a commitment to using the finest raw ingredients, and the freshest, most flavorful hops in all of our award winning ales and lagers. Our Anniversary Ale is no exception.

This beer is a big, full-flavored ale bursting at the seams with fresh, spicy and aromatic hops. Our 2009 Anniversary Ale is brewed in the style of an American IPA, a style that Sierra Nevada helped create. This beer is a complex brew made up with a combination of four varieties of malts that add a rich and complex backbone to showcase our signature hop variety: the Cascade. This hop produces the big piney and citrusy flavors that Sierra Nevada beers are known for and is one of the varieties that have become the definition for what the new styles of American beers represent.

Gold with an orange hue. Quite a bit of grapefruit in the aroma. Oh yeah, that’s Cascade alright. Yum.

(Hey, Ron! Get some before it’s gone!)

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

Beer-a-Day #291Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

Kellerweis is one of the only American Hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavor complexity. Our hazy-golden hefeweizen is deeply flavorful, refreshing and perfect for a sunny day. To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest.

The sun came out today for the first time it a week.

Hazy gold with a big fluffy white head. Spicy wheat aroma. Fruity and spicy taste. For a hefeweizen I’d say this is pretty spot on.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Beer-a-Day #289Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA; bold, assertive and full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.

I’d been hearing a lot about this beer, but I wasn’t seeing it at any of my local retailers. I’m glad it came into my hands at our Oktoberfest celebration.

Pretty medium amber color with an ivory-colored head. Plenty of spicy, piney hops in the aroma. Big hop taste. Truly a beer for an unapologetic hop-head like me.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Beer is Green

Beer is greener than you might have known. E-Fuel, the maker of the EFuel100 MicroFueler ethanol maker has teamed up with Sierra Nevada to use the left over yeast from the brewing process, called trub, pronounced “trube”, to test the invention. I love it, yet another reason to pour another pint.

E-Fuel last year unveiled its $9,995 home ethanol machine which ferments a mix of water and sugar into ethanol. Ethanol is mixed into gasoline at 10 percent. Flex-fuel cars can run on E85, an 85 percent blend of ethanol and gasoline.

Sierra Nevada every year generates 1.6 million gallons of “bottom of the barrel” beer yeast waste, which it now sells to farmers as feed. The MicroFueler will be able to raise the alcohol content in that mix to 15 percent and remove water.

(via CNet News)