Beer notes: Sierra Nevada narrows East HQ search down to final two locations?


Part II of today’s surprise double batch of beer notes. A California-centric edition featuring tidbits on Sierra Nevada, FiftyFifty, Stone, Firestone Walker, AleSmith, Lagunitas and North Coast…along with some bonus material courtesy of The Brewers Association.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing: It looks like the brewery has narrowed down its East HQ search to two locations… The Roanoke Times reports, “The company began looking for an East Coast site several years ago and narrowed the list from several hundred. The Roanoke/New River site and the Tennessee site were ‘head and shoulders’ above others looked at in terms of quality of life, Manley said.”

Blount Today has the latest on the TN hunt. Also of note after that article was published is that the Tennessee Governor signed the beer bill on Friday.

A decision will be made on whether the East thing is happening and, if so, what the location will be in the next month or so.

FiftyFifty Brewing: Brewmaster, Todd Ashman, recently appeared on The Brewing Network. Among the notable discoveries is that this year’s Eclipse pre-release party will be held on December 8th. (Not necessarily related to the party) Ashman has a few things cooking including a small sour program. Nine wine barrels from Napa Valley are currently involved in that. He will also be releasing a beer in the future with the acronym “BART” which will be a blend of Imperial Stout and a Barleywine called Conundrum. He hopes to release that beer at a lower price point than the Eclipse beers.

Firestone Walker: Speaking of sour, per a short interview with Brewbound, “There is some talk of a little sour going around the brewery.”

Stone Brewing: The Japanese Green Tea IPA collaboration with Ishii Brewing and Baird Brewing is tentatively set for a release on July 11th.

AleSmith Brewing: Quick update on the upcoming barrel-aged beer release…”Due to the incredibly positive response to our announcement of the 2009 version of Barrel Aged Speedway being released, we will be reducing the maximum bottle allotment to 2 (two) bottles of Barrel Aged Speedway and 1 (one) bottle of Barrel Aged Decadence.”

Lagunitas Brewing: Is preparing for its bottling line move according to a recent tweet…”June 17th coming; The day we begin the Bottling Line move. T’will be 10 days with no production in mid-June.”

North Coast Brewing: Will soon be expanding its barrel program

Bonus I: The annual June NASS USDA hop acreage report was made available late last week. With a poor 2009 to 2010 comparison in mind, the number of acres of hops being strung in 2011 is relatively even with the number from 2010. The most significant reduction comes in the form of Willamette hop acreage. According to The Brewers Association, this change is partially due to “continued large removals based on the unwinding of large brewery contracts.” The raw one-page PDF can be found here.

Bonus II: The Brewers Association also released its June legal briefing update (what’s happening in state legislatures around the country).


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