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05 | 15 | 19

Way Back with the Chico Wildflower

Posted in Beyond the Brewhouse

The 38th annual Chico Wildflower Century, one of California’s top cycling events, saw 3,300 people in the saddle. They sign up for various reasons: tradition, camaraderie, or crossing one off the bucket list. “I just ride so I can eat pizza for the rest of my life,” says Ben, a 33-year-old from San Francisco who’s made the trek to Chico for the past five years. Ben’s taking a breather at...

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03 | 19 | 20

Important Update on COVID-19

Posted in News

Updated 3/28/20. The health and well-being of our community continues to be our most important priority. The most recent set of National and State executive orders, mandates, and recommendations in response to COVID-19 make it abundantly  clear that we should not reopen on March 23 as we’d hoped. In addition, we expect further prohibitions will likely be forthcoming and do not expect an easing of restrictions in the foreseeable future....

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04 | 9 | 19

The State of Trails

Posted in News

National Trail System: Underfunded & Overused When you’re hiking on a trail, you often focus on details: the crunch of ground beneath your boots, chirps of wildlife, the wind purring in the trees. In all likelihood, you aren’t thinking about who maintains the trail, much less who provides the dollars to do so. Well, the reality is that we’re all on deck to help. While there are federal groups playing...

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07 | 28 | 15

A Different Kind Of Collaboration

Posted in Beyond the Brewhouse

It all started on a bus. Somewhere between the deserts of Arizona and the rocky shores of Maine, a plot was hatched and promises were made, and finally a new craft brewer collaboration is coming together. But this isn't a beer. We've done that. This is something different. Last summer, on the epic cross-country bus trip during Beer Camp Across America, Jamie Floyd, the owner/brewer of Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewing...

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11 | 10 | 14

Four Years of Super Composting

Posted in Food & Beer, Sustainability

HOT. ROT. Sounds sexy, doesn't it? No? Well, how about 99.8% of trash diverted from landfill and heaps of it being composted and put to good use? We just celebrated the four-year milestone of super-composting in Chico with our HotRot system. We say "super-composting" because what can take Mother Nature nine months to break down, that baby can plow through in a mere 10 days. Our founder Ken Grossman certainly...

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09 | 13 | 13

Drying Hops Is A Careful Dance

Posted in Our Beer

A sea of hop popcorn, that's what it looks like. A beer lover's ball pit, perhaps. For a place that's oppressively hot, a hop-drying facility, or kiln, manages to be rather beautiful. Often football fields in length, the room brims with a beer ingredient we craft brewers cherish, and if there are skylights, majestic sunshine cascades in to make one big hop halo. It's a delicate beauty, though. A misstep...

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09 | 17 | 13

Wild Hops in Whitmore

Posted in Our Beer

With empty onion sacks tied to our belts, we dove into the thicket and thorns. We'd have to wrestle nature for these wild hops. Our team was in Whitmore, a town about two hours north of our Chico home. A gentleman from Whitmore, Randy—the former postmaster— had recently taken a tour of our brewery. Before leaving, he handed over a note. The gist: There's a hop haul to be had....

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09 | 27 | 13

Hop Selection 2013

Posted in Our Beer

"Should we start with Cascade?" It's fitting that our founder, Ken Grossman, would make that suggestion while in Yakima, Washington, earlier this month for hop selection. He's been smitten with whole-cone Cascade hops since first taking in their grapefruit and pine aromas in the late '70s. (They're the staple of our flagship Pale Ale.) Back then, when Sierra Nevada was but a young idea in his mind, Ken couldn't afford...

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12 | 20 | 19

Celebration IPA Stuffed Turkey Breast

Posted in Food & Beer

Thanks to our friends @the.beer.belly for this stuffed turkey breast recipe and tasty footage. Celebration IPA Stuffed Turkey Breast Ingredients 1 cup Celebration IPA 1 boneless turkey breast, about 2 pounds 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 medium onion, diced 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 apple, peeled and diced into 1/4-inch cubes 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped 1 teaspoon parsley, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh thyme,...

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11 | 27 | 19

Pale Ale Scotch Egg

Posted in Food & Beer

Thanks to our friends @the.beer.belly for this Scotch egg recipe and tasty footage. Pale Ale Scotch Egg Recipe Ingredients 1-2 tablespoon(s) Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 3 eggs 1/2 pound breakfast sausage, casings removed 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, chives, thyme 1/2 cup flour 2 tablespoons milk 1 cup panko bread crumbs 1.5 liters grapeseed or canola oil, for deep frying Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Directions Bring a pot of...

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11 | 27 | 19

Hazy Little Thing Sriracha Grilled Pork Shoulder

Posted in Food & Beer

Thanks to our friends @the.beer.belly for this grilled pork shoulder recipe and tasty footage. Hazy Little Thing Sriracha Grilled Pork Shoulder Ingredients 1/2 cup Hazy Little Thing IPA 1.5 pounds skinless, boneless pork shoulder, sliced into 3/4-inch-thick steaks* 1 cup pineapple, diced 1/4 cup sriracha 3 green onions, chopped 2 tablespoons soy sauce 3 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons ginger, grated 1 teaspoon honey 1/4 cup neutral oil, like canola or...

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11 | 27 | 19

Easy Chicken Pot Pie With Pale Ale

Posted in Food & Beer

Thanks to our friends @the.beer.belly for this easy chicken pot pie recipe and tasty footage. Easy Chicken Pot Pie With Pale Ale Ingredients 1 can or bottle (12 ounces) of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 1 tablespoon neutral oil, like canola or grapeseed 2 carrots, diced 1 medium onion, diced 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded 1/2 cup frozen peas 12 ounces condensed cream of chicken soup 16 ounces...

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12 | 17 | 12

Holiday IPA Popcorn

Posted in Food & Beer

Cooking with beer is familiar to some and uncharted territory for others. Beer imparts special character, aroma and taste to recipes, and lends adventure to culinary exploration. While eggnog, cocoa, pies and other dessert favorites may dominate your holiday gatherings, here's a fresh idea for a sweet and savory snack: Celebration IPA popcorn. Someone might physically have to take this bowl away from you. Caramel Popcorn with Celebration® IPA 2...

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11 | 20 | 18

Pale Ale

Posted in Homebrew Recipes

Ingredients Fermentables Two-row Pale | 1.8°L | 92% Caramel | 60°L | 8% Whole Cone Hops Cascade | 0.5 oz. 90 min Cascade | 0.75 oz. 60 min Cascade | 2 oz. 30 min Cascade | 2 oz. 0 min (flame out) Instructions Crack open a Pale Ale! Mash grains at 155 °F for 60 minutes. Raise mash temperature to 170 °F, hold for 5 minutes, then recirculate. Run off...

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01 | 18 | 13

The Marriage of Bikes and Beer

Posted in Beyond the Brewhouse

An engineer at heart, Ken Grossman has loved bikes since he was a kid. His first visit to Chico preceded a long bike tour with friends along the Northern California coast. And even while running his home brewing store in Chico, Ken over several years worked as a mechanic in four Chico bike shops. Through his work as a bike mechanic, Ken crossed paths with Jeff Lindsay, a longtime Chico...

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