Nooner™ Session IPA
Snow Wit™ White IPA
A seven-hop lineup with a Belgian twist.
You don’t need a magic mirror to see the lure of this beer. It’s brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops. These hops are so called because of their uncommon growing method—shorter hedgerows rather than tall trellis systems—that yields a denser heap of cones with unique flavors that diverge from their full-grown botanical counterparts. Each year new and different varieties are grown in this method, creating untried and exciting shifts in hop character.
Brewer’s yeast are unicellular fungi of the Saccharomyces family. Saccharomyces consume sugars during the process of fermentation and produce ethanol and carbon dioxide as byproducts. In addition to the business of fermentation, yeast can also provide a wide range of flavor and character in a beer. Some more neutral “American-style” yeast strains are noted for clean aromas with mild fruity character. Some yeast used for traditional German Hefeweizen are noted for intense flavors of banana and clove.
Hop farmers, breeders, brewers and brokers are always looking for new and interesting hop varietals with compelling flavor characteristics and intriguing properties. Sierra Nevada has a unique relationship with hop growers and often has access to limited and experimental varieties. Some of the varietals, while interesting, don’t add enough value and never make it into commercial production, while others—like the recent hop Citra—take the brewing world by storm. Every day new varietals are being tested and some have become signature flavors for Sierra Nevada.
The beers of Belgium have gained fame as being some of the most unique brewed anywhere in the world. A stark counterpoint to the beers of Germany which conform to the Reinheitsgebot—a purity law stating that beer can only be made from four ingredients: malt, hops, water, and yeast—Belgian beers follow no such rules. Belgian beers often use spices and sugar adjuncts, as well as fruit or herbs and unique “wild” yeasts or other microorganisms to produce exciting and varying flavors. American craft brewers often find inspiration in these no-holds-barred brews and carry on their spirit of innovation.
Brewing is as much art as science, and all beer specifications and raw materials are subject to change
at our brewers' creative discretion.
5.7% by volume
Summit, Experimental Dwarf Hops
Two-row Pale, Wheat, Unmalted Wheat, Acidulated
Lemon peel, Coriander
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