Friday, August 14, 2009

Sierra Nevada Brewing to Release Estate Beer

Estate wines -- those fermented entirely from grapes grown on the winery premises -- are common, but Sierra Nevada Brewing in Chico, Calif., plans to release what is probably the country's first estate beer.

"Historically, brewers have trucked in ingredients from all over the world," notes brewery President Ken Grossman, who decided to buck tradition and develop his own terroir by sowing 26 acres with barley and nine acres with hops. The Estate Brewers Harvest Ale, made from the brewery's own crops, will hit area shelves in early September in 24-ounce bottles. It promises to be a big, piny, citrusy IPA, a style Sierra Nevada has ample practice making.

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