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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2013, 08:13:59 PM »
I'm going to pick up a case or two of celebration this season! And I know just where to get them. ..

Love this beer. Will be picking up some myself. Last year I bought a 12-pack. I think I'll do the same. :)
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2013, 07:03:42 AM »
Just picked up a case yesterday.  I love this beer.  It's not easy to find when you live down the road from Yuengling.
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #32 on: December 01, 2013, 10:42:08 AM »
Definitely a great beer and I buy it every year. However, I've got to agree with Sean. My memory is that it is different now. Very possibly, we're exposed to so many great IPAs now that it seems less outstanding.
When I first discovered it, probably late 80's or early 90's, it was on tap for the holidays at a little dive bar across from the original Summit brewhouse. It was not anywhere near where I normally went in my daily travels, but I remember detouring on my way home, or even sneaking out of work to go grab a pint. That stuff would literally call to me across the miles........come....I'm here, and I obeyed. ;D 
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #33 on: December 01, 2013, 10:48:34 AM »
I went looking for celebration today. I found 2012 Celebration at two stores! No 2013. I am in Mississippi so we get beer late, but, 2012?! I am wondering if that has been sitting on the shelf for a year or if the buyer at the beer store got snookered.

If you tell SN, they'll kick the distributor's butt.  That isn't supposed to happen.
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #34 on: December 01, 2013, 10:50:06 AM »
Definitely a great beer and I buy it every year. However, I've got to agree with Sean. My memory is that it is different now. Very possibly, we're exposed to so many great IPAs now that it seems less outstanding.
When I first discovered it, probably late 80's or early 90's, it was on tap for the holidays at a little dive bar across from the original Summit brewhouse. It was not anywhere near where I normally went in my daily travels, but I remember detouring on my way home, or even sneaking out of work to go grab a pint. That stuff would literally call to me across the miles........come....I'm here, and I obeyed. ;D

Diane, you may have changed, but Celebration hasn't!
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2013, 10:55:53 AM »
I think it has changed over the years.  Several years ago, just for that one season, it was way hoppier than the usual Celebration.  I think maybe they borrowed Sam Calagione's Randal to brew it with that year.  I thought it was their best vintage yet, but apparently not everyone agreed.  Several people I spoke to about it didn't like it being that hoppy.  I sure did though. 

Celebration season is my favorite time of the year.  I'm not a fan of the spiced and fruited holiday offerings, but the big winter warmers are always a treat.
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2013, 11:01:34 AM »
Just picked up a case yesterday.  I love this beer.  It's not easy to find when you live down the road from Yuengling.

Is Yuengling like a killer strain of yeast or something - out-propagating all competition?   ;)
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2013, 11:09:54 AM »
Definitely a great beer and I buy it every year. However, I've got to agree with Sean. My memory is that it is different now. Very possibly, we're exposed to so many great IPAs now that it seems less outstanding.
When I first discovered it, probably late 80's or early 90's, it was on tap for the holidays at a little dive bar across from the original Summit brewhouse. It was not anywhere near where I normally went in my daily travels, but I remember detouring on my way home, or even sneaking out of work to go grab a pint. That stuff would literally call to me across the miles........come....I'm here, and I obeyed. ;D

Diane, you may have changed, but Celebration hasn't!

I'm pretty sure Steve Dressler said on Can You Brew It that it had changed way back when, since Centennial hops weren't available when they first brewed it. But they haven't changed it since they made that change to the hop schedule.
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2013, 12:34:21 PM »
I think it has changed over the years.  Several years ago, just for that one season, it was way hoppier than the usual Celebration.  I think maybe they borrowed Sam Calagione's Randal to brew it with that year.  I thought it was their best vintage yet, but apparently not everyone agreed.  Several people I spoke to about it didn't like it being that hoppy.  I sure did though. 

Celebration season is my favorite time of the year.  I'm not a fan of the spiced and fruited holiday offerings, but the big winter warmers are always a treat.

I think we've been over this in another thread.  I know for a fact, from people at the brewery who I trust, that the recipe hasn't changed in years.
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2013, 12:35:40 PM »
I'm pretty sure Steve Dressler said on Can You Brew It that it had changed way back when, since Centennial hops weren't available when they first brewed it. But they haven't changed it since they made that change to the hop schedule.

I don't know how long they've been brewing it, but Centennial has been around since at least 96-97.  Although it wasn't called Centennial back then.
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #40 on: December 01, 2013, 12:45:31 PM »
I'm pretty sure Steve Dressler said on Can You Brew It that it had changed way back when, since Centennial hops weren't available when they first brewed it. But they haven't changed it since they made that change to the hop schedule.

I don't know how long they've been brewing it, but Centennial has been around since at least 96-97.  Although it wasn't called Centennial back then.

Trying to remember Denny - what did it used to be called?  Was it Super Cascade?  Maybe that was just a nickname.
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2013, 12:56:34 PM »
I think it has changed over the years.  Several years ago, just for that one season, it was way hoppier than the usual Celebration.  I think maybe they borrowed Sam Calagione's Randal to brew it with that year.  I thought it was their best vintage yet, but apparently not everyone agreed.  Several people I spoke to about it didn't like it being that hoppy.  I sure did though. 

Celebration season is my favorite time of the year.  I'm not a fan of the spiced and fruited holiday offerings, but the big winter warmers are always a treat.

I think we've been over this in another thread.  I know for a fact, from people at the brewery who I trust, that the recipe hasn't changed in years.

Be that as it may, I know what I tasted and it was hands down way hoppier than other vintages.  Others whose beer evaluation skills I have confidence in agreed.

Mayhap even Sierra Nevada has the occasional problem with "cloning" their own beer?  Particularly from one year to the next with a seasonal.  Water and yeast are fairly constant from year to year, but malt and hops can vary greatly.   
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2013, 03:06:15 PM »
I'm pretty sure Steve Dressler said on Can You Brew It that it had changed way back when, since Centennial hops weren't available when they first brewed it. But they haven't changed it since they made that change to the hop schedule.

I don't know how long they've been brewing it, but Centennial has been around since at least 96-97.  Although it wasn't called Centennial back then.
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2013, 03:44:47 PM »
I'm pretty sure Steve Dressler said on Can You Brew It that it had changed way back when, since Centennial hops weren't available when they first brewed it. But they haven't changed it since they made that change to the hop schedule.

I don't know how long they've been brewing it, but Centennial has been around since at least 96-97.  Although it wasn't called Centennial back then.

Their web site says 1981. Damn, I hadn't even started drinking Miller in 1981!
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Re: Celebration is out again
« Reply #44 on: December 03, 2013, 05:51:41 PM »
picked up a 6 pack of this the other day.  Great beer.  Much more bitter than I was expecting and it lingers, but I'm not complaining.   ;D
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