Put Good In & Good Will Come Out: Sierra Nevada
Unless you live under a sober rock, you've likely tasted a brew or two from today's featured competitors. A brewery known for innovation, clean and consistent energy creation and bold, unwavering respect for tradition, Sierra Nevada will be returning to Firkin Fest 2016!
This year, Cask Manager Zak Driscoll has prepared a cask-conditioned Celebration Ale, dry-hopped with the famous three Cs: Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. Zak's inspiration for this firkin is "to get the freshest and most drinkable beer out there." Celebration Ale has roots back to 1981, when Sierra crafted their first batch of this surprisingly fresh take on a holiday beer. Making use of fresh hops, typically within seven days of harvest, has allowed Celebration to shine as a truly well-balanced seasonal IPA.
This is not Zak's first time at the firkin rodeo; he took home the big prize* his first year entering. "By no means did I expect to win, nor did I enter a beer to win. I enter the beer to get the cask word out. It is a delicious and majestic way to drink beer. With low CO2, the beer is much smoother to drink," Zak muses. "This is what turned me onto cask-conditioned beer. Beers that were too hoppy to me are now very drinkable." A fine way to describe the style. We couldn't have said it better ourselves!
Make your way to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Room in Berkeley for a taste of their firkin base beer and be sure to nab tickets to Firkin Fest 2016 to try this exclusive Celebration creation and many more!
* big prize: world's ugliest trophy