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Craft Brew of the Month

The BRU Crew loves Craft Brews. Say it 5 times fast an read about this month’s BRU featured brews from Sierra Nevada here!

UPDATE!!! – Join WBRU and Sierra Nevada from 4pm – 6pm at Reyes Liquors in Providence on 12/19 for the ULTIMATE CRAFT BREW EXPERIENCE!

It may or may not come as a surprise that many of us here at WBRU are Craft Brew enthusiasts. Staff-wide, this varies from those of us who seek out small breweries all over the country to those of us who simply like to look extra cool when ordering at the bar (y’all have seen this, right?). Whatever your preference, WBRU has decided to start sharing some of our favorites with you month after month. But let’s be honest. We’re mostly psyched on the monthly tastings we’ll get to host all over Southern New England. And you should be too. Check out December’s picks from North Carolina brewery, Sierra Nevada, below!

SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE
ABV: 5.6%
Available: Year Round
Style: Pale Ale
Yeast: Ale Yeast
Hops: Magnum, Perle, Cascade
Food pairings: Grilled steak, citrus salad, thai curry, roasted vegetables

Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic, yet it remains new, complex and surprising to thousands of beer drinkers every day. It is – as it always has been – all natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold.

 

SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE
ABV: 6.8%
Available: Holiday Seasonal
Style: Fresh Hop IPA
Yeast: Ale Yeast
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Cascade
Food pairings: Fish & Chips, Roasted Turkey, Polenta & Grilled Vegetables, Parmagiano Reggiano, Manchego

The start of Celebration season is a festive event. We can’t start brewing until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have, the season is officially under way! First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops – honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada.

 

SIERRA NEVADA TORPEDO EXTRA IPA
ABV: 7.2%
Available: Year Round
Style: Extra IPA
Yeast: Ale Yeast
Hops: Magnum, Crystal, Citra
Food pairings: Lamb, duck, Southwestern Cuisine, Aged Cheddar

Sierra Nevada and hops go hand in hand. What began as a crazy idea scribbled in a pub eventually became our newest year-round hop bomb, Torpedo Extra IPA. The first beer to feature our “Hop Torpedo” – a revolutionary dry-hopping device that controls how much hop aroma is imparted into beer without adding additional bitterness. Torpedo Extra IPA is an aggressive yet balanced beer with massive hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

 

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