Beer Pick: Celebrate the holidays with 40 years of Celebration Ale

After 40 years Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA is still a welcome holiday treat. /
Bob Townsend for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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After 40 years Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA is still a welcome holiday treat. / Bob Townsend for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Credit: Bob Townsend

Credit: Bob Townsend

Over the years, I’ve written quite a lot about Sierra Nevada’s holiday favorite, Celebration Fresh Hop Ale. But in a time of too many tastebud torturing adjunct beers, it still seems like something of a simple miracle.

Recently, I bought two 12-packs at Green’s for $30.27, with tax, and it felt even more miraculous. So Happy Holidays, friends. Celebration is this week’s Beer Pick (again).

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mils River, NC

Available on draft and in 6-pack and 12-pack 12-ounce cans

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The original fresh hop beer, first brewed 40 years ago, in 1981, is a near perfect American-style IPA. And unlike many really big holiday beers, at 6.8% alcohol it’s quite sessionable, making it a great companion for the playoff and bowl games ahead.

I especially enjoy finding it on draft, where its Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops and caramelized malts join together to create a bright balance before a welcome punch of old school bitterness in the finish. Wimps beware!

Pair with

I like Celebration with pub grub such as fish and chips or bangers and mash. But it will work well with roasted turkey and dressing, and it’s a delight with creamy high-fat triple cream or English-style Cheddar cheeses.

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