By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
It’s a random week night, almost the weekend, and I’m drinking! I am not to the point yet where I’m drinking so I cannot feel feelings, but I am very jovial! Not only are people on Facebook almost done with those stupid “Giving Thanks” postings (never have I been more thankful for the “Do not show in news feed” feature) but the final full week of classes is almost over! Just 2 more class days, a couple of finals, then this Professor becomes beer comatose for the better part of a month!
That’s why I can think of no better beer for me to “celebrate” with this great seasonal from Sierra Nevada. This weekend, Celebration Ale is What’s On Tap!
Though we traditionally drink darker and fuller beers during the winter months, you will notice that many “Holiday” beers have a hoppy quality and flavor to them. This is because most hops are harvested between August 31st and October 31st. For Celebration Ale, Sierra Nevada uses fresh hops to make a crisp, American Pale Ale standard whose release is always anticipated; this beer is what the holidays are all about, great taste and a solid alcohol by volume!
The first trait you notice is the hoppy smell; there is a touch of roasted earthy flavors. Hops also dominate the initial flavor. But on the backend you taste the citrusy-pine flavors (which makes you think of the Christmas when your Grandfather got pissed at the family, yelled, “this is bullsh*t!” and left mid-dinner).
Be warned, there is a bitterness to this brew but it’s also very smooth–a must try and have for any holiday family event!
Tonight I’m having Celebration Ale with some braised short ribs! I have marinated and cooked the ribs in my slow cooker for about 6 hours then I will take the excess juices and fat, add some Celebration Ale and make the perfect gravy. This beer also pairs well with turkey and would make the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table! So cheers to the start of the holidays, the end of classes, and to a great beer!
Alcohol by Volume: 6.8%
Gravity: 16.0 (Beginning) 4.0 (Ending)
Color: Golden Amber
Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel
Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook