Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz & Ken's Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will mark 2010 by teaming up with the founders of the movement to benefit select charities and beer drinkers across the country. These limited-release 750ml cage-and-cork bottles will be available at select retailers and beer-centric bars. These beers will be much more than a tribute: Proceeds from the project will go to benefit select charities chosen by the four pioneers.

The first beer released was Fritz & Ken's Ale. The beer poured a dark brown, blackish color with a two fingered width, tan head that stays forever. The nose was dominated by roasted malt aromas and fresh coffee beans. The body is smooth with a full mouthfeel, There is a light sweetness up front before lots more roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and espresso flavors. The finish leaves a very long, lingering bitterness on the palate.

Overall, this is an absolutly amazing beer. It drinks big and bold, and it almost flawless from the pour until the finish. This would pair very well with braised pork, or would be a great ingredient in a dark mole if you dared pour it in anything but your glass.

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