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Title: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: dbeechum on February 12, 2010, 12:10:42 AM
Ok, they're not real and out yet - that I know of, but just how badass is this whole series?

http://www.sierra30.com/

Beers brewed with: Ken Grossman, Fritz Maytag, Fred Eckhardt, Charlie P and Jack McAuliffe(?!?!?!?) in large format 750's with proceeds to various charitable foundations as directed by the participants.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 12, 2010, 12:59:36 AM
This was very, very cool to see today.

Jack McAuliffe was the first small brewer in the US to start up (typing this because I don't know what you mean by the ?!?!?! ).  He has been out of the game for a long time.  New Albion brewing was one of the models back in the day, just like Anchor. 

Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: The Professor on February 12, 2010, 02:59:37 AM
HOT damn...now this looks pretty swell.
Sure will be looing forward to these!
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: dbeechum on February 12, 2010, 07:57:56 AM
I'm well famaliar with the legacy of Jack McAuliffe. The ?!?!? was registering surprise since he seemed to go into self-imposed hermitage after New Albion collapsed. So much so where Don Barkley, his assistant brewer who went on to Mendocino and now Napa Smith, has served as the guardian of New Albion's legacy.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: ndcube on February 12, 2010, 12:53:40 PM
The oak aged blend looks interesting.  I still have to try BigFoot.  I have my wife on a mission to find it.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 12, 2010, 01:42:41 PM
Drew, now I know what you mean.

Last year he was in a very bad car accident, and you can see that when Ken Grossman was talking to him, his left arm looks to still have damage.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: novabrew on February 15, 2010, 02:21:28 AM
I look forward to trying these.  Thanks for the heads-up.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: pinnah on March 23, 2010, 06:13:20 PM
I had the pleasure of drinking Fritz and Ken's Ale this weekend.

Fantastic. 

Although collaborative brews are the style these days it seems, this celebration is definately one that I will support!

Drink up.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: bluesman on March 23, 2010, 06:36:42 PM
I am on the lookout for this series as well. I have been impressed with SN releases old and new. This one looks to be very good indeed.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: afunk2 on March 23, 2010, 06:54:57 PM
Fritz & Ken's Ale is going on tap at the Falling Rock in Denver on Friday.  Incidentally, the one weekend I am going to be out of town. 
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: craigg on April 17, 2010, 12:56:23 AM
I picked up a bottle of the 30yr anniversry Stout the other day - haven't tried it yet - looking forward to sharing it with friends in a couple of weeks. The vendor said it tasted more like a porter than a stout - I'm anxious to see just how good it is. :)
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: BrewArk on April 19, 2010, 07:20:39 PM
The wife & I had our 30th anniversary on the 12th.  We opened a SN 30th on the Santa Cruz Wharf to celebrate.  Later this year, we plan to celebrate some more when the other brews come out!

The brew was fantastic!  I would describe it as a "double porter".
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: sienabrewer on April 20, 2010, 01:46:49 PM
Has anyone seen a schedule or timeline of when each beer will be released?  i picked up the first one too, but it would be nice to know when to expect the others.  Sometimes things like this fly right off the shelf at my local beer store.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: The Professor on April 20, 2010, 03:15:44 PM
The 'Fritz and Ken's' has made it's way to the East Coast in recent weeks...I just picked up a few bottles in central NJ. 
I'm looking forward to trying one this weekend and will probably pick up a couple more to hide away.  It will be interesting to see how this beer ages, as it seems like a good candidate for that.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: BrewArk on April 20, 2010, 06:00:19 PM
Has anyone seen a schedule or timeline of when each beer will be released?  i picked up the first one too, but it would be nice to know when to expect the others.  Sometimes things like this fly right off the shelf at my local beer store.

There are release dates on the web page:http://www.sierra30.com/#/home (http://www.sierra30.com/#/home)

Fritz & Ken's = Mid March 2010
Charlie Fred & Ken's = Mid May 2010
Jack & Ken's = Mid July 2010
Brewer's Reserve = Mid October 2010
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: craigg on April 22, 2010, 03:59:09 PM
Fritz and Kens Stout is a big big beer. A remarkable set of flavors. I had one set aside for next weekend, when a buddy who had also bought one offered it up last night at dinner. I'm thinking I'm going to set the one I've got aside for a year and see how it changes.  If this one is this good - I'm definitely on the lookout for the rest of the series. Wow.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: dbeechum on April 22, 2010, 05:54:06 PM
Had a few weeks back and my thoughts on it were "damn, this is big and chewy and more than just a little meaty flavor"
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: hopfenundmalz on April 22, 2010, 09:52:06 PM
I had the Fritz and Ken's at the Taproom last week while in Chico.  Very good, with many layers of dark malty flavors.

Ken Grosman was waiting on Charlie to show up.
Title: Re: Sierra Nevada 30
Post by: Crispy275 on April 26, 2010, 04:18:03 PM
I was very happy with the Stout. The silky smoothness and creamy flavor were well balanced with lots of hops. It has been a long time since I tasted a stout that was as nice as this one was.

Someone else suggested it was more Porter like, but I feel it was all Stout. Black, full of chocolate and malt goodness in the aroma, with a hint of citrus hops. Solid body and If I recall correctly, somewhere north of 9% ABV makes this an Imperial Stout. Creamy and silky, with chocolate and coffee flavors, and again, more citriusy hops in the flavor.

Nice lingering bitterness. Sadly, I opend this beer the day it was available, and I felt so full that I left a portion in the bottle undrunk, as I found myself full and satisfied. Wish I had shared it with someone. I remember to do so when I open my second bottle in the future!