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04 | 17 | 19

Filling Cans on Both Coasts

Posted in North Carolina Brewery, Our Beer

Visit our Facebook page to see all of our Mills River construction photos. Even the best laid plans sometimes deserve a second look, and when designing a new brewery from the ground up, those early plans often go right out the window.We planned to install a canning line in Mills River at some point in the future (and designed the packaging hall to fit it in), but in the years since...

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04 | 17 | 19

Wild Hops of the West

Posted in Our Beer, Hops

It's amazing what you might find hiding in your backyard, if only you take the time to look. The newest and most exciting hop working its way into our next beer didn't come from Europe and it wasn't from the new breeding cooperative; it was here all along, just waiting to be tried.Neomexicanus hops are a wild, native species that grow in the harsh, dry mountains of the American West....

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04 | 17 | 19

Crafting A Tradition

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Brewers are just folks who love making good beer, but occasionally, the beer geek comes out and we get to play mad scientist for a little while.That's what happened in our barrel room when our friends from Boulevard Brewing Company came to visit. The goal: to find the perfect blend for our 2014 Terra Incognita collaboration brew. The way to get there: tasting a whole lot of beer.Terra Incognita, whose...

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04 | 17 | 19

Hop Hunter Makes Harvest Year Round

Posted in Our Beer, Hops

This month, we're preparing to launch an all-new IPA into our year-round beer lineup: Hop Hunter IPA.To our knowledge, Hop Hunter is the first beer to feature wet hop flavor year round. This intensely aromatic IPA features pure hop oil, steam distilled in the field from wet hops minutes after harvest. This hop oil contributes a powerful wet hop aroma into the beer, available for the first time outside of...

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04 | 17 | 19

A Nano Brewery for Big Beer Ideas

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The more things change, the more things stay the same. At least that's what we've found at the brewery.Over the past few decades, Sierra Nevada has added family members, new facilities and hundreds of beers. Although we've grown as a brewing company, our biggest ideas always start small.It's with this in mind that we introduce a new member to the Sierra Nevada family: the Nano Brewery.Consisting of just a 20-gallon...

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04 | 17 | 19

Taming Bigfoot in the Brewhouse

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The wort swells and thrashes in our open fermenters as though Bigfoot himself rages below the surface.When we call our 31-year-old barleywine style ale a beast, we’re referring to more than the aroma and flavor uppercut that rises from your snifter. From its sheer volume of ingredients to our weary brewers shouldering its extra effort, Bigfoot is an animal of an undertaking. But oh, how mystifying the liquid is, which inspires...

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04 | 17 | 19

What’s In a Name of Numbers

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Cascade, the workhorse hop in our Pale Ale, was largely unknown when our founder Ken Grossman tossed it in his hand-built brew kettle. He and his wife Katie drove his rare 1964 Toyota Crown (suave, yeah?) to Washington's Yakima Valley just to get his hands on one-pound "brewers cuts" of Cascades that were packed with notes of citrus and pine.Ken ingrained in our brewery culture that resolve for finding new...

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04 | 17 | 19

Despite An Aleing Estate

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Wind, when moving swiftly, can hit you like a punch to the face. Well, we'd love to return an uppercut to wind's jaw right about now. It's one of the main factors that knocked out our estate barley this season.Yes, there won't be any estate barley going into fall brews, namely Estate® Ale. (We know; it's a huge bummer. We could have malted the entire lot with the tears we...

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04 | 17 | 19

Almost Time for the Torpedo Room

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We have 19 beers on tap at any given time at our taproom in Chico, California.What? They have that many beers?If that's your reaction, we aren't surprised. Unless folks visit our brewery or meet us at festivals, the rapid-fire pace at which we create new beers escapes many craft beer fans. Our new tasting room in Berkeley, California, called the Torpedo Room, is a chance to change that, at least...

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04 | 17 | 19

A Nod to the Kiwi Hop Crop

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This month, Southern Hemisphere Harvest® enters our seasonal lineup for the sixth year. For this fresh hop ale we're indebted to the Internet—yes, the Internet.When the Southern Hemisphere concept—a spring counter to our fall Northern Hemisphere Harvest®—surfaced in 2008, we didn't have any experience brewing with New Zealand hops. And unlike our annual trip to the Pacific Northwest where we do the bulk of our hop selection, we couldn't walk...

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