I have to brag a little here, and since Jack isn’t one to do it, I’ll do it for him. Draft Magazine came out with a couple of end-of-year lists for 2010, and Sierra Nevada’s Jack & Ken’s 30th Anniversary Ale made their Top 25 Best Beers of the Year! Very nice recognition.
“One of the biggest stories this year was the release of Sierra Nevada’s collaborative 30th Anniversary line, and the beers certainly matched the hype. The third in the series blew us away as beer legends Jack McAuliffe, one of craft brewing’s pioneers, and Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman paired up to push barleywine into completely new territory. This “black” barleywine packs roasty, chocolaty-caramel richness in the mouth while pools of fresh plum and shots of heavy grapefruit-pine hops stimulate the senses. It’s so good it’s knee-bending, and with a 2010 GABF gold medal in the strong beer category, it’s clear these two old industry dogs can still out-brew the competition.”
And in the “12 Breweries to Watch in 2011,” Cleveland’s own Andy Tveekrem gets a nod for his Market Garden Brewery, and it isn’t even finished being built yet! I continue to look forward to the opening of that place, in the spring of next year.
Cheers to all the great beers and breweries noted in this issue for their richly satisfying work in 2010!