Beer of the week: The Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 10, 2011 7:20 AM

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'Tis the seasons here at the University of Iowa — Family Weekend has arrived. A time of lost, blacked-out siblings, dancing with moms, and celebration.

The Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, that is — this week's beer of the week. It is a special seasonal IPA coming from the popular Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, Calif.

The brew is 6.8 percent alcohol by volume but is still considered a "sessionable" beer that is easy to drink numerous pints of in one session, says Joe Hotek of John's Grocery, 401 E. Market St.

The Celebration Ale as a mild caramel malt body that faces into a full-bodied citrus hop profile and a nice spicy floral nose perfect for the season.

"The Celebration Ale would pair nicely with a spicier chowder-like dish," Hotek said.

But because it's "sessionable," I would say the Celebration Ale would pair nicely with another Celebration Ale, and then another.

After a few sessions, go spend some time with the family, even if it's not yours.


— by Jordan Montgomery

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