Sierra Nevada Summer Break IPA 2022 Is Here!

Sierra Nevada Brewing “Summer Break IPA” 2022

It sure as hell doesn’t feel like Summer on this rainy chilly night in Fresno, but the first Summer beer has arrived: Sierra Nevada Brewing’s “Summer Break IPA”.

Canning date: 3/11/22

ABV: 4.6%

Style: Hazy Session IPA

Value: A nice beer to have in the fridge all season. Good grocery store beer.

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Stone Enjoy By 04.20.22 Hazy IPA

The 2022 version of Stone’s 4/20 Enjoy By IPA

Stone has many different kinds of Enjoy By beers, but the “4/20” is the flagship of the line.

ABV: 9% | Hops: They are not saying | 12oz cans

Bought At: Madera Ranchos Market. $12 for the six-pack.

Was it any good this year? Well, yes.

Session: Drank two during game two of Phoenix Suns playoff game against New Orleans. Drank a third after the Suns lost.

Did I catch a buzz? Not really. I may have paced them out too far apart.

I didn’t mean to but it turns out I had it during its final hours of freshness:

Stone Brewing’s “Enjoy By” clock

Still , even in its final moments, it tasted fresh enough – but I guess that’s the purpose of the whole Enjoy By line of beers, ain’t it?

Oh and, I like the can art this year – I am built in to like it as it’s an old Oakland A’s color scheme, but still cool.

It says it’s a hazy IPA but in this modern era of hazy beer, I get no hazy thoughts about this beer. It’s more like an old-school WCIPA.

Albeit a little bit on the sweet and malty side, I am giving this year’s Enjoy By 4/20 a thumbs up. I’ll try to remember it for a more accurate comparison when next year’s comes around.

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I Had Pliny The Younger In Fresno and It Was Special

I am sorry for being a douche here but I had Pliny The Younger today. And it was as perfect as it ever was.

Totally was not expecting to have it. I knew it was in town but I wasn’t in the mood to wait in line then not get any, so I didn’t put it on my radar.

But, so, I met a friend at Out Of The Barrel to exchange some beers. He was on his way to meet friend at another local beer bar, Goldstein’s, to see if he could get some Younger.

I said “oh geeez, okay, what the hell, I go with you!” Thinking it will be pointless but at least I can say I tried.

To my surprise, I walked right in, went to the bar, immediately got someone over to ask what I wanted. I was feeling embarrassed because surely they no longer had the Younger since they tapped the keg an hour ago, but I asked anyway

Me “You don’t happen to still have any Pliny the Younger do you?”

Bartender “Yes, we do!”

Me (Slightly shocked and excited) ”Oh my gosh… um I will have one please.”

And so it came to be. I politely and unceremoniously walked into a Fresno bar and had one of the most sought after beers in the world.

Pliny The Younger at Goldstein’s Bar in Fresno, CA

It was amazing as always. The aroma brought back all the great times I have had with beer. I am very thankful to have had it in my town. I hope all beer lovers get to have it one day.

There Is Nothing Worse Than An Empty Can Of Beer

Pizza Port’s “Open Itinerary” IPA was there for me this time

Are you like me, when in a drinking session? Still desiring beer but knowing you only have one more beer left you can drink, and you try pouring some beer into your empty glass and find out the can is already empty?

It’s terrifying.

Well just now I had that situation except there was ACTUALLY beer in the can still! What I win.

Today’s lesson: Not everything sucks all the time.

I Had A “Cold IPA“ And…

Cold IPA colab beer “Acapulco Cold” from Alvarado Street and Figueroa Mountion Brewing

Last week I made fun of Beer Cruncher seemingly being the only one out there trying to make “Cold IPAs” happen. Then I ran across my first one in the wild.

A colab between Central California’s Alvarado Street and Figueroa Mountain Brewing called “Acapulco Cold”.

It is actually pretty good. I enjoyed it.

If I am to use this one example of the style, I do think there is a slight difference between this beer and an India Pale Lager style beer. Small, but there. The Lager side is very hidden, but still present.

Good if I don’t want the Lager feel, bad if I do.

Is it enough of a difference to give it its own style name like Cold IPA? Well, if I didn’t care about the marketing side I would say this is a sub-genre of IPL – definitely in the IPL family but enough of a difference to acknowledge it.

You can’t blame them for trying to attach it to the Ale side instead of the Lager side, but they are cheating a bit.

Hey, this particular CIPA is a nice beer. If they want to keep trying to make this style work, go for it – I definitely recommend trying one out if you see one, especially if you’re into a hoppy Lager. Honestly, I would have rather had this beer with Ale yeast though. 🤷🏼