Sierra Nevada’s 1st NC release
Speciality beer first product shipped from new brewery
In a bittersweet tip of the hat to recently foul climatic conditions, Sierra Nevada has released its first speciality beer from its new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina.
Rain Check Spiced Stout is said to have been inspired by the tropical flavours found in other favourite foul-weather drinks – fresh ginger, brown sugar, and molasses paired with the tang of lime. The 8.9% abv beer’s branding references the wet weather that hindered the brewery’s construction.
Mills River co-manager Brian Grossman, he the son of Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman, commented, “It’s exciting to have some fun with the new brewery and to make a beer for our neighbours. Getting this place up and online has been a long and challenging project, but now we can focus our energy on making great beer and delivering it to our east coast drinkers fresher, faster and with less of an impact on the environment.”
Trial brewing at Mills River began in February, with Sierra Nevada flavour matching its flagship Pale Ale as well as Torpedo Extra IPA. Production of these two beers is now being increased for shipment to eastern US markets.
The 8.9% abv Rain Check Spiced Stout will be available in North Carolina; neighbouring states of South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia; as well as Sierra Nevada’s taprooms in Chico and Berkeley, California. The suggested retail price is $9.99 for four 12 ounce bottles.