This beer was chosen when I read the description and said “What is this??”.
Tag Archives: Sierra Nevada
I’m not a Pilsner guy, but I’m always willing to try one. Especially when it has a name as good as this.
The second day of my beer journey saw me driving almost all the way across the beautiful state of California (from Reno, Nevada to Chico, California). So it was no surprise that by the time I made it to Sierra Nevada I was hankerin’ for a beer. More specifically for a beer with some hops! Being that I don’t get up that way very often I wanted to try something that I hadn’t had before and probably wouldn’t get access to again. I scanned the back page of their beer menu and saw a Black IPA that caught my eye. It was part of their Beer Camp series, so I knew that this might be my only chance. With the sun setting I made my first beer order.
Russian River and Sierra Nevada are two of my favorite West Coast breweries. Almost every beer they make is a winner in one way or another, so to say that I was looking forward to this would be a massive understatement. Did it live up to the hype (that I created in my brain)? Let’s find out.
Every year spring time means two things: spring seasonals and Barleywines. One of those Barleywines that always gets the attention of beer aficianados is BIGFOOT BARLEYWINE from Chino, California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Oddly enough this was the first time I had sampled Bigfoot in the several years that I have been a craft beer fan.
Bigfoot is an American Barleywine with 90 IBUs and a hefty 9.6% ABV.
Sierra Nevada always makes flavorful, drinkable beers. So when I saw their new beer RUTHLESS RYE IPA on the shelves I wasn’t too worried about picking up a six pack for my friends’ “housewarming party”. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed and neither were my friends (who happened to drink a couple of my beers).
Ruthless Rye IPA is the newest beer in Sierra Nevada’s seasonal lineup. This IPA has 55 IBUs, a 6.6% ABV and is available winter/first quarter.
I woke up early Friday, October 7th, loaded up my car and headed north on the I-5. The destination: Chico, California and the second annual Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Oktoberfest. Being that I haven’t been to an Oktoberfest celebration in a while and that the event fit into my schedule (heading to Seattle on Sunday) I thought it was a no brainer to make the stop.
BEER #4: SIDE CAR
BEER #3: OLD CHICO BRAND CRYSTAL WHEAT
Whenever I go to something like this I try to try the beers that I’ve never had before. Old Chico Brand Crystal Wheat was one of those beers. This American Pale Wheat beer is available year round and has a very sessionable 4.3% ABV.