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Beer of the Week: Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 03, 2011 7:10 AM

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Doug Alberhasky, “the bier guy” of John’s Grocery, encourages drinking for the taste rather than the effect. That’s why he suggests Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot as this week’s beer of choice. It’s an American-style barley wine, which takes an aggressive use of hops in the complex brew.

“Over time, the heavy floral and bitter effects of the hops kind of fades, and you’re left with a very mellow and rich beer,” Alberhasky said.

He said many barley wines are at their peak after years of aging. Sierra Nevada is among those beers where the longer you wait, the better it tastes. Because it is such a rich flavor, it is one to enjoy on its own.

“It’s so big and overpowering, I would think this would be a meal unto itself almost,” Alberhasky said. “But it would be really nice as an after-dinner, sitting with your loved one by the fire, and just kicking back and relaxing.”

— by Eric Hawkinson


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