Blind Tiger Ale House
281 Bleecker St., New York, NY10014
In 1979, a time when craft brewing was nothing more than a rogue hobby for select enthusiasts, Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi turned their homebrewing operation into a microbrewery in Chico, California –– now the seventh largest brewing company in the United States. And, yet, despite the scope of their success, Sierra Nevada still maintains the flavor of its origins –– beer that is as innovative and complex as any in the craft brewing landscape.
This Wednesday at 3pm, we welcome Sierra Nevada, the brewery that paved the way for the industry at large, and share with you a lineup that serves as a Sierra Nevada timeline — their story of evolution through beer. In the 1980’s, after the hop forward Pale Ale, Sierra looks toward bigger styles like the Porter and Stout and the cult classic 9.6% ABV Bigfoot Barleywine (which must have been a totally insane and extreme release in the winter of 1983). With the advent of the “hop torpedo” contraption Ken invented, hop lovers rejoice with the Torpedo IPA. Then, the recent opening of the new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina enables new brews like Sierra’s Hop Hunter, that uses steam distilled hops in conjunction with the brewery’s traditional whole cones. In between all these milestones Sierra finds ample opprtunities to brew for fun — experiementing with barrel-aging, blending and collaborations.
Join us this Wednesday beginning at 3:00pm when we commemorate another Sierra milestone — pouring the latest seleection from their Harvest Series, just in time for fall. Aptly named the “Newly Developed Hop IPA,” Sierra’s new IPA is made with a handful of experimental hops and speaks to Sierra’s continued commitment to hop research and development 35 years after the cascade.