On November 15, 1980 the first batch of Sierra Nevada beer made it through the brewhouse, helping to usher-in a new era of interesting, hand-crafted, and flavorful beer enjoyed around the world today.
With that said, today Sierra Nevada turns 30! You knew it was coming as Sierra Nevada has been releasing their 30th Anniversary beers over the last few months. A total of four beers were released, with the first three being collaborations of Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada with pioneering brewers such as founder of the American Homebrewers Association Charlie Papazian, Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewery, nationally renowned beer writer Fred Eckhardt, and Jack McAuliffe of the late (and first microbrewery) New Albion Brewery. The last beer of the series, Grand Cru, was done entirely in-house and celebrates the pioneering history and innovative spirit of Sierra Nevada and is a blend of oak-aged Bigfoot, Celebration Ale, and fresh Pale Ale and then it’s generously dry-hopped.
The party kicks off tonight in Chico at 4pm and will be packed full of food, fun, and fine beverage. The food will be catered in the Sierra Nevada Taproom with quite an impressive menu. The fun will be live music and good company. The fine beverage will be thirty beers to taste from Sierra Nevada, to include all four of the 30th Anniversary beers and even Barrel Aged Life & Limb.
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, you’re probably out of luck. For those lucky enough to get to attend, have a great time, drive safe, and be sure to hold your glass high for the last thirty years of great beer from Sierra Nevada and to hold it even higher for thirty more.
Be sure to check out their website for more information regarding the event and remember that there is no on-site event parking, as listed on their website. Also, the Mutineer Interview in Issue #14 of Mutineer Magazine features Sierra Nevada’s founder Ken Grossman, which can be found on newsstands now.
Cheers, Sierra Nevada, and thank you for everything you have done for the craft beer community, your own local community, and for your efforts to make the world’s finest beer, using the best ingredients, while keeping the environment and sustainability at the forefront of your passion.