Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sierra Nevada Celebration Pale Ale Clone

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I recently had the opportunity to visit the brand spankin’ new Sierra Nevada Brewery East Coast location in Mills River, NC, just outside of Asheville.  The brewery is incredible, and a must see if you’re ever in the area.  Tours are free, but appointments are required.  There is an eight-beer tasting at the end of the tour, and a taproom/restaurant on site as well.  You can see pictures and more info at another post of mine here. The tour and the incredible flavors I saw during the tasting, inspired my next brew to be a Sierra Nevada inspired beer.  As we’re only a couple of weeks away from Christmas, why not try to brew a Sierra Nevada Celebration Pale Ale clone?

Here’s the recipe I used in my brew today (This is a 90 minute boil w/ 6 gallons of wort):

Sierra Nevada Celebration Pale Ale Clone Recipe


  • 10 lbs. American 2-row malt
  • 2 lbs. Crystal malt


  • 1 oz. Chinook (at beginning of boil)
  • .75 oz. Cascade (after 60 minutes)
  • .75 oz. Cascade (at end of boil during wort chilling)
  • .25 oz. Centennial
  • .25 oz. Cascade (dry hop as you seal the fermenter)
  • .25 oz. Centennial


  • Wyeast – 1056 American pale

Original Gravity

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Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour – Mills River, NC

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I recently had an opportunity to take the Sierra Nevada Brewery tour of the east-coast facility in Mills River, NC, just outside of Asheville.  It was by far, the best brewery tour I’ve ever seen.  Most breweries, by no fault of their own, are in the industrial side of their town, in a warehouse facility that used to manufacture something else.

The new Sierra Nevada Brewery is different.  This facility was built for east coast distribution of their most popular beers AND specifically for public tours.  The attention to detail and design of the facility really shows that craft brewing has exploded, and creating a memorable tour experience for brewers is now very important.

Here are the photos I took at during the tour:


Category: Beer, Photos