Santa’s Pint Glass – Day 3

Staying in the land of holiday hops for another day so that we can celebrate another year of what is probably the second most iconic seasonal ale. Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Described thusly, “Once we pick fresh hops, the clock starts ticking. Each year, we visit the Pacific Northwest to hand-select the best Cascade and Centennial hops, race the harvest home, and brew immediately to capture citrus, pine, and floral notes at their absolute peak — aromas and flavors for the perfect winter beer. It’s a magical time at the brewery — has been for 40 years now! — when our brewers huddle around the fermentation tanks, toasting the start of a special season. Wrapped in red, consider Celebration IPA your first present of the holidays.”

It’s a Little Bit Sunny

What does the word Sunny convey to you?

Well, if you check the bottom left, you might make out part of the word, citrus. So you may be thinking it is another IPA. But no, the pivot for the next Sierra Nevada Little Thing beer is that it is a wheat beer.

Review – CCBA Summer Box # 1

I have been really enjoying the best of California breweries boxes that I have bought through the California Craft Brewers Association. And this month, the summer box arrived so it is time to dig into reviews of some of the noteworthy beers from it.

We start with two styles that are off the beaten track. A double named beer from Sierra Nevada and a cream ale with a candy twist from High Water Brewing.

I was psyched to have the pale bock but the yellow / orange hued beer was a little one note. A nice malty note with a touch of apple cider but not much else and for a beer that is 6.8%, it tasted bigger alcohol wise. A twelve ounce can would have sufficed.

Break Apart was as advertised. Big orange aroma and flavor. Soft, giving it a creamsicle taste that was quite nice. I didn’t get a large hit of chocolate but the little amount there conveyed that Christmas orange taste.

Which is It?

I know a fair bit about beer styles and I understand that labels will stretch definitions for marketing reasons but I am a bit confuzzled by this Sierra Nevada label that says both Pale Bock and Malt Liquor.

There is probably a flavor overlap and I am quite interested to try the beer but it seems to be sending a mixed message to me.

Comfort Level

The two collaborating breweries for this hazy DIPA need no introduction. But the reason for highlighting Get Comfortable 2021 is not the hops but rather, the fact that this is another charity beer. You get great beer and the world gets better.

Kettle Help

Sierra Nevada was going to travel their brew kettle around so that folks could see where the famously pale ale started. But the recent fires across California gave them a better opportunity. They took their equipment to Quincy, a California because Quintopia Brewing lost their equipment to fire. Now the brewhouse will serve as temporary stopgap so that the small brewery can pour beer at their taproom.

Safety Dance

Are your polka dancing skills rusty? Well thanks to staying at home, you don’t have to train this year. Sierra Nevada will be OktoFesting virtually. They will stream a concert featuring Empire Strikes Brass & The Polka Brothers. Start dancing on the 19th right HERE. And the beer they release each year is damn tasty if you just want to tap your toes.