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Sierra Nevada, Celebration Ale

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

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Every season beer drinkers have something new to look for. Spring beers to welcome the start of warm weather. Light refreshing ales and lagers to help cool you from summer’s heat. Malty Oktoberfest beers and spiced pumpkin brew announce the summer is over and cooler autumn weather is on the way. And while I enjoy all the beers of the different seasons, winter ales are probably my favorite. Barley wines with their malt and higher alcohol content make their way to tap handles and store shelves. Breweries such as Anchor Steam brew up a new recipe every year for their “Merry Christmas Happy New Year” ale. I always stock my fridge with some Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.
This beer has a very loyal following. About 20 years ago in Nyack, NY at O’Donahue’s bar, the customer’s were crushed to learn that their favorite seasonal ale wouldn’t be heading east of the Mississippi due to a shortage at the brewery due to construction out there. The customers made a video and sent it out to the Chico, California brewery. So impressed at the dedication to their beer, the people at Sierra Nevada shipped a single barrel to them.
Sierra Nevada Celebration comes in at 6.8% abv. It is dark amber in color and has a full tan head. The nose is light malt up front with citrus, especially grapefruit and plenty of floral hops. The Grapefruit is upfront on the palate with lemon peel and the finish is medium with the floral hops at the end.
Make sure to stock up while you can.

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