For the first time ever, Sierra Nevada's Estate Harvest Ale - a wet hop (fresh hop) ale made from hops grown on Sierra Nevada'a hop farm - has been bottled and released outside the brewery. It hits store shelves starting today in Chico, CA and should soon be in limited spots around the country. There will be 1400 cases and a few dozen kegs sent around the country, which is not much at all. To put it in perspective, the brewery got 95 cases and sold about 50 in six hours according to the brewers there. The good news? With their hop yard growing, they hope to possibly triple production next year. Personally, I'm going to be on the lookout for this beer THIS year!
The Sierra Nevada Chico Estate Harvest Ale comes in at:
- 6.7% abv
- 68 IBUs of freshness
- Contains locally grown and harvested Cascade (of course), Centennial and Chinook (my favorite!)
- Is finished with Cascade
Fresh hop ales are great! By not drying the hops, you get more of the natural oils and essence from the hops, giving you a much more complex hop profile. Plus, they can usually only be produced around late summer/early fall (Sierra Nevada did a fresh hop ale using southern hemisphere hops, so they were able to do one off season, but that's pretty much the only way that can happen). We highly recommend you check a few of these fresh hop ales out for yourself this season!
For more info from Sierra Nevada and to see a video of it's production, check out the official website here.
Syracuse beer Week will kick off with a private gala hosted at the Landmark Theatre,
the Clydesdales will be present to greet guests, on Sunday, 11/2, 6-9 PM. Each day
of the week will feature 3-5 events. They have already schedule tastings and dinners,
as well as a pub crawl in one of our suburbs. Rich Doyle will do a University
series, and our local beer expert, Don Cazentre will do a night about Syracuse's
rich brewing history. Please visit the calendar at www.syracusebeerweek.com to see
our specific listings. The calendar is changing every week.
Iron Hill is planning it's Oktoberfest celebration this year and was nice enough to share their recipes! For those in the area check the event out in person, but for those who can't make it scroll down for their recipes so you can recreate this feast at home.
WILMINGTON, DE – This autumn, ever-popular beer and dining destination Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is offering guests a hearty, two-course Oktoberfest Menu at all seven of its award-winning locations. This special meal will be available from September 15 until October 31, and costs $19.95. Each course pairs with one of Iron Hill’s handcrafted beers, available in 10 oz. draughts for $2.50 each.
“For brewers, Oktoberfest is one of the highlights of our year, an age-old tradition that began in Germany and is now one of the most exciting beer events in the world,” says Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson. “We love all aspects of beer culture, and this is such a natural way to celebrate by combining our two favorite things: great food and great beer.”
The first course of the Oktoberfest Menu is a Grilled Sausage Platter, with bratwurst, knockwurst, braised lentils, watercress and a stone-ground mustard drizzle. Iron Hill suggests their Vienna Red Lager, an amber Austrian lager with bread-y malt aroma and flavor and a crisp, clean finish as an ideal complement to the flavorful sausages. The entrée is a Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin, with Yukon gold smashed potatoes, beer braised cabbage, house-made apple sauce and gingersnap gravy, paired with Oktoberfest, a seasonal, full-bodied amber lager with firm malt flavor, balanced with mild bitterness and a clean, dry finish.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has seven locations, in Newark, DE; Wilmington, DE; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; North Wales, PA; Phoenixville, PA and Lancaster, PA. All seven locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For more information about Iron Hill, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit their website at www.ironhillbrewery.com .
Read on for recipes
Whether you spell it Oktoberfest or Octoberfest there's one thing that's for sure, there's going to be some great beer. Oktoberfest Marzens offer something special, there's just no other lager out there that tastes quite like a good Marzen. Their rich complex malt flavors combined with extreme drinkability offer something special that no other seasonal beer does. This is a beer designed specifically for a celebration. By pure design it's meant to be consumed in copious amounts and sloshed from heavy liter glasses in tents filled by the thousands. For this and many other reasons we look forward to Oktoberfest every year. But the question is, which beer do you serve at your party? With so many options which beer do you choose? Well we got together with some friends and put in the painstaking hard work (ok perhaps it wasn't that hard) to sample 8 offerings this year, both American and German varities. Read on to see how each beer fared.
1st Place: Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen
Appearance: On the darker side of the orange/copper spectrum. Tan head, about an inch or so barely rising above the top of the glass.
Smell: A little spicy and less malt. Less lager smell as well. Very clean.
Taste: This is everything we look for in an Oktoberfest beer crisp yet malty, superbly drinkable a little nutty, just great flavor all around. It's not too carbonated but not undercarbonated either... just right. Almost juicy... we don't know what we mean, but we all agree: almost juicy. At 6% abv, it's on the high end, but it's so drinkable we don't think you'll care!