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Craft Brew of the Month

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

It may or may not come as a surprise that many of us 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 just want to look extra cool ordering at the bar (y’all have seen this, right?). Whatever your preference, WBRU wants to share 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 June’s picks from Sierra Nevada, below!

beer pic_pale aleSIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE:

  • ALCOHOL CONTENT 5.6% by volume
  • BEGINNING GRAVITY 13.1° plato
  • ENDING GRAVITY 2.8° plato
    • YEAST Ale yeast
    • BITTERING HOPS Magnum, Perle
    • FINISHING HOPS Cascade
    • MALTS Two-row Pale, Caramel
    • CUISINE 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.



  • ALCOHOL CONTENT 7.2% by volume
  • BEGINNING GRAVITY 17.0° plato
  • ENDING GRAVITY 3.7° plato
    • YEAST Ale yeast
    • FINISHING HOPS Magnum, Crystal, Citra
    • MALTS Two-row Pale, Caramel
      • CUISINE Lamb, Duck, Southwestern Cuisine
      • CHEESE 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.


beer pic_otra vezSIERRA NEVADA OTRA VEZ:

  • ALCOHOL CONTENT 4.5% by volume
  • BEGINNING GRAVITY 11.0° plato
  • ENDING GRAVITY 1.8° plato
    • YEAST Ale yeast
    • BITTERING HOPS Experimental variety
    • FINISHING HOPS Experimental variety
    • MALTS Two-row Pale, Wheat
    • OTHER Cactus, Grapefruit, Coriander
      • CUISINE Thai or Vietnamese noodle dishes. Grilled Mahi. Pickled watermelon salad
      • CHEESE Fresh tangy goat’s cheese
      • DESSERT Grapefruit and mint sorbet

        On our search for the perfect warm weather beer, we wanted something light bodied and thirst quenching, yet filled with complex and interesting flavors. We stumbled across the fruit of the prickly pear cactus, native to California. This tangy fruit is a great complement to the tart and refreshing traditional gose style beer. Otra Vez combines prickly pear cactus with a hint of grapefruit for a refreshing beer that will have you calling for round after round. Otra Vez!


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