The Badass Beer Advent Calendar: December 19th

Today’s Badass Beer Advent Calendar entry sees Sierra Nevada, Christmas AND Italian Prog Rock. What else do you need at the holidays?

Sierra Nevada shook up their seasonal lineup of beers this year, replacing ESB (Early Spring Beer, perhaps Extra Special Bitter) with Glissade Golden Bock, and 86-ing Anniversary in favour of Tumbler Brown Ale. That irked me a little because ESB and Anniversary were two of my favourite Sierra Nevada beers, but I have to say that Tumbler is quite delicious and I can’t wait for its return next autumn.

I hear their justification for the change was that they wanted to get away from being known for making a range of beers that are almost exclusively hop bombs. Now, while I agree that variety is the spice of life, I love hops and hoppy beers, and especially I love Sierra Nevada hoppy beers, but since they still make Celebration, the three Harvest beers, Sierra Nevada Pale, Bigfoot and Torpedo, I think we can remain friends.

One day I’ll find the time and money to do a California brewery tour. There are so many good breweries in the Golden State that it would take several months to do them all justice, but if I can just visit Sierra Nevada, Bear Republic, Lagunitas and Moylans, then I can die contented.

And then there’s Oregon… and Colorado… and the east coast. So much beer, so little time ::SIGH::

Y’know, I think we should have a little 1970s Italian prog rock in praise of Celebration.

Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar
“If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink… I’d spend it on drink.” ~ Sir Henry Rawlinson