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Friday, April 16, 2010

Day 106 Drink: Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout

Sierra Nevada Brewing got its start 30 years ago in Chico, Calif., as Ken Grossman's dream to "brew exceptional ales and lagers." When the brewery was opened there were less than 50 breweries operating in the U.S. There are now more than 1,500 and Sierra Nevada is often cited as being the motivating factor for many start up breweries.

Sierra Nevada Brewing is marking 2010 with a series of collaboration beers made with Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing; Jack McAuliffe, founder of New Albion Brewery; and authors, homebrewers, and beer advocates Fred Eckhardt, and Charlie Papazian.

“We wanted to pay tribute to the original pioneers who helped me and hundreds of others get started,” said Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. “Few people in the craft-brewing world have accomplished more than these guys, and we thought it might be fun to get the original crew together and make something special.”

The first beer in the series, "Fritz & Ken's Ale," was released last month. Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout pours a thick dark brown color with a firm tan head. The beer has a very nice roasted malt flavor base and a subtle sweetness emerges as the beer opens. It is full and rich, with the 9 percent alcohol by volume content not easily detectable.

If you are lucky enough to find this limited edition beer don't pass up the chance to try this excellent stout.

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