Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy 30th Birthday to Sierra Nevada

Tonight's the night. Sierra Nevada blows out the candles on their 30th Anniversary cake. BeerAdvocate lists no less than 16 events taking place across the country--the list is likely much larger--tonight at bars celebrating one of the American craft brewing industry's older success stories. Locally, Fergie's Pub in Philly, Flanigan's Boathouse in Conshohocken, Hulmeville Inn in Hulmeville, the Iron Abbey in Horsham, and London Grill in Philly are all planning anniversary-themed events tonight. Also, recently around the area, The Drafting Room conducted a dinner two weeks ago and featured a whole lineup of beers, including three of the four anniversary beers. The fourth, Brewers Reserve or Grand Cru, showed up in time for TJs celebration this past weekend. The Estate and the Brewers Reserve have both since kicked; all other beers from the Saturday Night Special still remain as of this afternoon. Later this month, Teresa's Next Door in Wayne plans to do an event much in the same spirit as many of these others. Rattle 'n' Hum in NYC might, though, have the granddaddy of all Sierra events later this month on November 30th when they will reportedly feature at least 40 different Sierra beers...some, I'm betting that even the brewery has forgotten about. My challenge is still open for the SNBC distribution guys and local bars and distributors to try and match the Rattle 'n' Hum event. But, the real head on the celebration (like those two little word plays?) comes tonight in Chico at their home base where dining, drinking, and dancing will be the order of the night. If you need a little extra primer on Sierra Nevada, I've got two things for you: ~ Check out a longer piece that I wrote over in The Washington Times Communities section. ~ Check out a nice video compilation on the official website. Complete with back stories and interviews with the guest brewers.

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