Sierra Nevada Launches 2014 Harvest Series


Single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, wild hop. Can you figure out the common theme? If you said hops, you'd be correct! If not, I'm not sure what to tell you. Regardless, beer drinkers love hops. This insatiable demand has caused hop farmers and breweries to grow and experiment with an endless variety of hops.

Sierra Nevada's 2014 Harvest Series will explore hops in their varied and glorious formssingle, fresh, wet, and wild! Hey, we're talking about IPAs and hops, not something else...

The first release, a single hop IPA, will showcase an experimental hop variety that features flavors of blueberry and black pepper! Most IPAs utilize multiple varieties of hops. As a result, it's difficult to determine the flavors that are imparted by each variety. Single hop beers feature just one hop variety and allow you, dear craft beer drinker, to better appreciate the beauty of a particular hop variety. 

The first of five installments in this 2014 series ships nationwide next week. Complete details are in the news release below. Blueberry and black pepper sounds intriguing. I can't wait to taste it!  

  
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SIERRA NEVADA PUTS WHOLE CONE HOPS CENTER STAGE
IN BIG BOTTLE HARVEST SERIES
 
Chico, CA—February 5, 2014—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. continues to champion whole-cone hops with its 2014 Harvest series whose five large-format (24-ounce) IPAs will showcase newly developed hop varieties and explore diverse hopping methods: single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop. The first beer, a single hop IPA shipping nationwide next week, features the unnamed hop 291, which seesaws between intense floral aromas and notes of blueberry and black pepper. Another single hop IPA, as well as fresh hop (Southern Hemisphere Harvest®), wet hop (Northern Hemisphere Harvest®) and wild hop IPAs, round out the lineup. Sierra Nevada always hunts for rare and exciting hop flavors, and the Harvest series offers a year of sampling some of the brewery’s pioneering beers and latest hop discoveries.

“I’ve long been enamored with the aromatics and flavor of whole-cone hops, and breeders and growers are in craft’s corner pushing the limits of an ingredient that brings all of us—brewers and drinkers—a lot of excitement,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “Our Harvest series is a fun glimpse at the future of hops, and it’s something we hope to repeat each year with bold new varieties.”

Sierra Nevada is also plotting its second annual Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Harvest Festival in Chico, Calif., where brewers from across the country pour a selection of their beers that include at least one single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, or wild hop beer. After the festival’s inaugural showing in fall 2013, Celebrator Beer News said it “became a major ‘must attend’ beer celebration in its first year.”

“Craft brewers everywhere are marching hop flavor forward,” Grossman said, “and it’s that collective passion and ambition we want to elevate through events like Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild and beer projects like Harvest that create great experiences for new and seasoned craft drinkers.”

Southern Hemisphere will be the second beer in the Harvest series, released in May. It uses fresh hops from New Zealand, where the annual hop harvest occurs during our spring. Details about the 2014 Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Harvest Festival are expected this summer.

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com.

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2 comments:

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Rhen said...

I can't even imagine a flavor that goes from floral to blueberry and black pepper, or how I would balance out the overall flavor of the beer if I were brewing with that hop.
I don't think it made it completely clear, but it looks like all five of the beers are brewed with whole cone hops, correct? That does have some affect on the utilization of the hop acids as compared to hop pellets doesn't it?

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