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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

November 1st, 2012 by Android | 5 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

DISB Rating– 97 – When available arguably the best Pilsener on the planet.
TMTB rating – 97 – When available arguably (I have this terrible feeling . . .
Style Rating – 97 – of deja vu.) the best Pilsener on the planet.

I was introduced to Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager by David Carlucci. David is a Democratic New York State Senator from Rockland County.1 He is closely allied with State Senator Diane Savino a former organizer for Social Services Employees Union Local 371, a union for New York City’s caseworkers.2 Apparently they formed a Senate sub-caucus, with Jeff Klein and David Valesky, refusing to support the proposed Democratic leadership on the grounds that the leadership supported too large a government budget. They said they stood for “capping property taxes, forming an independent panel to draw district lines and protect[ing] women’s reproductive rights[.]” It turns out Klein was second in command among Senate Democrats, but many of his allies did not get re-elected, so he had no leverage to effectuate a palace coup?3 If that does not smell funny, then what does? 4 Which brings me to my point: Sierrra Nevada does not smell funny. It has a classic beer smell. The way a Budweiser smelled when you were 10 and your father let you take a whiff. And it tastes the way Pilsener should taste. It is the flavor that conquered the world and made pilsener the ultimate session beer. That dry aromatic bitterness that simultaneously slakes your thirst, while leaving you thirsting for more until the alcohol’s addictive effects kick in. Moderately carbonated. Pours out a nice foamy solid, but not rich, head. Not rich, at least, by comparison to Guinness or Boddington’s and I have noticed much stronger Pepper notes in the past, but the 2012 versions seems to have toned them down a bit. This is one of three pilseners which I would strongly recommend to American drinkers over Pilsener Urquell here in the U.S. In terms of consistency this Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Brooklyn Pilsener and Samuel Adams Noble Pils are less likely to disappoint with that heavy bitter sweet front end that mistreated imports carry and that overpowers the wonderful drying backend that lead the much of the world to abandon Pale Ales and Porters to near extinction. 5

1. Carlucci showed some Limosine Liberal tendencies here when he chose to introduce me to a California based beer, but he has more than made up for it, along with his breakaway cohorts, see below and reference in footnote 3, David Valesky and Diane Savino for co-sponsoring Senate Bill 5078 and 7727 to help expand the operations of Farm Breweries in New York and S7728 tax credits for New York breweries. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=S5078&term=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y; http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=S7727&term=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Ycan; http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=S7728&term=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y; http://www.uticaod.com/news/x736426936/Cuomo-signs-beer-tax-break-legislation; http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/140875/cuomo-signs-the-beer-bills/

2. The Editors – What does have to do with Sierra Nevada Summerfest? We would have added in additional phraseology, but we received complaints about our excessive use of expletives in our previous comments regarding Android’s write ups. In fact the complaints compared out comments to “acts of perversion SO profound and disgusting that decorum prohibits [publishing] them here.” Doug Neidermeyer “Animal House” (1978) http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0030848/quotes not to be confused with Squealer “Animal Farm” (1945)

3 http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Senate-Democrats-in-revolt-938613.php#ixzz2AzAAIyB6

4. The Editors – Just stop!!!! Sierra Nevada Summerfest – Crisp Summer Lager – A pilsener style lager – Colour: light golden straw. Body Light but well formed. Aroma – redolent bitter grass/pine?. Flavour – Slightly Sweet front end followed by a wonderfully long dry bitter aromatic slightly peppery and slightly grassy/piney after taste.

5. The Editors – While we recognize that Pilsener Urquell is the worldwide gold standard for Pilsener, we find ourselves agreeing with Android here. With the vagaries of importation, and other potential mistreatment once it arrives makes it a less secure purchase to get what you are truly seeking. We believe one major reason for this problem is that pilseners after maybe Oktoberfests, are some of the most fragile lagers around. Most pre-Porter/pre-Industrial era [circa 1720] Ales like certain Browns, ancient Sumerian and Egyptian styles may be more fragile . . . Holy shit! Did he just write about the beer for a moment there?!? . . sorry about the expletive.

Carlucci showed some Limosine Liberal tendencies here when he chose to introduce me to a California based beer, but he has more than made up for it, along with his breakaway cohorts, see below and reference in footnote 3, David Valesky and Diane Savino for co-sponsoring Senate Bill 5078 and 7727 to help expand the operations of Farm Breweries in New York and S7728 tax credits for New York breweries. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=S5078&term=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y; http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=S7727&term=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Ycan; http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=S7728&term=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y; http://www.uticaod.com/news/x736426936/Cuomo-signs-beer-tax-break-legislation; http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/140875/cuomo-signs-the-beer-bills/
The Editors – What does have to do with Sierra Nevada Summerfest? We would have added in additional phraseology, but we received complaints about our excessive use of expletives in our previous comments regarding Android’s write ups. In fact the complaints compared out comments to “acts of perversion SO profound and disgusting that decorum prohibits [publishing] them here.” Doug Neidermeyer “Animal House” (1978) http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0030848/quotes not to be confused with Squealer “Animal Farm” (1945)
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Senate-Democrats-in-revolt-938613.php#ixzz2AzAAIyB6 Carlucci showed some of his Limosine Liberal tendencies here when he chose to introduce me to a California based beer and then later did not take the lead on the excise tax break bill for New York Breweries. http://www.uticaod.com/news/x736426936/Cuomo-signs-beer-tax-break-legislation; Maybe he was deferring to one of his breakaway cohorts, David Valeskey on the issue. http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/140875/cuomo-signs-the-beer-bills/
The Editors – Just stop!!!! Sierra Nevada Summerfest – Crisp Summer Lager – A pilsener style lager – Colour: light golden straw. Body Light but well formed. Aroma – redolent bitter grass/pine?. Flavour – Slightly Sweet front end followed by a wonderfully long dry bitter aromatic slightly peppery and slightly grassy/piney after taste.
The Editors – While we recognize that Pilsener Urquell is the worldwide gold standard for Pilsener, we find ourselves agreeing with Android here. With the vagaries of importation, and other potential mistreatment once it arrives makes it a less secure purchase to get what you are truly seeking. We believe one major reason for this problem is that pilseners after maybe Oktoberfests, are some of the most fragile lagers around. Most pre-Porter/pre-Industrial era [circa 1720] Ales like certain Browns, ancient Sumerian and Egyptian styles may be more fragile . . . Holy shit! Did he just write about the beer for a moment there?!? . . sorry about the expletive.