Tip of the day: Forget what you think you know about American beer.
As a result, many people think that’s all that American beer is about. Cheap, and easy-t0-drink beer.
I know that to many people, that’s all their looking for in a beer.
And don’t get me wrong, I will happily down a few lagers or draughts at the end of a hot day simply because they are very drinkable and it’s easy to down a few after a hot day in the sun.
However, if you’ve ever listened to me recommending beers you would be well aware of the plethora of sensational beers out there – even some brewed by the Yanks.
Today we’ll be looking at just one brewery though: The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Established in 1980 in Chico, California, it is now the 6th biggest brewing company in the US, and in my opinion, the best.
Well, not only do Sierra Nevada beers come in 355ml bottles – giving you 25ml extra than most beers these days – but they produce a range of big, flavoursome brews that actually remind you you’re drinking beer – as opposed to slightly malty, slightly hoppy carbonated water.
In terms of the beers they make, they’ve got most bases covered in their year-round selection: Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Porter and Hefeweizen. These beers are fantastic, and they’re now being sold all over the place in Australia, so you have no legitimate excuse not to track them down.
However, what adds to the appeal of these guys is their specialty drafts, which are usually only available at their brewery (which I WILL visit at some stage).
Turns out they experiment with beers all the time and have produced at one time or another a Juniper Black Ale, Chocolate Chilli Imperial Stout, Syrah Barrel-Aged Brown Saison, a Wood-Aged Porter and an Almond Marzen beer.
Now that’s my kind of brewery. If only the place wasn’t so far away……
So next time someone suggest bringing Budweiser to a party as their ‘choice’ American beer, kindly lead them towards Sierra Nevada.