Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California) recently announced that the first quarter of 2017 will see the launch of two new brews: Sidecar Orange Pale Ale and Tropical Torpedo IPA.
Coming in as a new look at a respected classic, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale adds a quenching citrus infusion to the familiar characteristics of the brewery’s flagship Pale Ale. “Made with orange peel and bold, citrus-heavy hops,” this beer comes together as a quaffable offering weighing in at 5.3% ABV and 35 IBUs. Just as the name implies, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale is meant to be enjoyed as an accompaniment to the standard that is Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale.
“Innovation is part of our DNA,” says Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada. “36 years ago we changed the way Americans look at hoppy beer with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. In 2017 we’ll be doing it again, with fresh takes on beer styles that we helped pioneer: pale ale and IPA.”
There is no denying that the India Pale Ale is by far the most popular beer style in the U.S. right now, and Sierra Nevada hopes that Tropical Torpedo IPA – when it is released at the start of 2017 – will act as that perfect introduction to “new drinkers entering the craft beer market via the IPA.” With the use of the Hop Torpedo – Sierra Nevada’s proprietary dry-hopping device -, brewers coax huge tropical fruit notes of mango, papaya and passionfruit out of the hops employed in the recipe for Tropical Torpedo IPA. The finished IPA comes in at an easy drinking 6.7% ABV and 55 IBUs, and absolutely no fruit was added during the brewing process.
Sidecar Orange Pale Ale will be available January 1, 2017, in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft. Tropical Torpedo IPA launches January 1, 2017, in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles only, with draft to follow late in the first quarter of 2017. Look for both of these year-round offerings to be available at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and throughout Sierra Nevada’s full distribution area. Be sure to experience the innovation and evolution of Sierra Nevada when these new brews drop after the New Year. Prost!