Blue Mountains-born, independent craft beer company Mountain Culture and American craft beer pioneers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co have collaborated to launch Summer Pale Ale.
Upon its release, the first stocks of the Summer Pale ale sold out online in one hour.
Mountain Culture co-founder, DJ McCready said Sierra Nevada were ‘the godfathers of craft beer’.
“Ken Grossman founded the company in 1980, and he is widely credited as being single-handedly responsible for the launch of the craft beer movement.
“We're both independently owned, family run businesses. We are both really pushing to make craft beer better, but also to be accessible to new crowds, it’s a huge honour to collaborate with them, and we feel that Aussies will love the pale ale we have created, and it really embodies the heart and soul of both breweries,” said McCready.
Sierra Nevada ambassador Steve Grossman tasted Mountain Culture while attending the Great Australian Beer Spectapular (GABS) Festival in Australia earlier this year and insisted on a collaboration said Sierra Nevada brewmaster, Scott Jennings.
“Steve got clued in on how amazing the Mountain Culture beers are and what an incredible success story Mountain Culture has had in a short time.
Steve then came back to North Carolina, and he said, ‘I was just in Australia, and there's this brewery there. They're incredibly good and really shaking things up over there.’ We had to do a collaboration - we absolutely had to,” said Jennings.
The recipe resulting from the collaboration combines Cascade Hops (a Sierra Nevada signature made famous in their Pale Ale) with Citra along with a mix of Mosaic, BRU-1, and Vic Secret for tropical, floral, and citrus notes.
“The recipe is a nice blend of the styles of our two breweries. We wanted to create something special that captures the essence of our companies and delivers what our fans have come to expect from us,” said Jennings.
For added depth of flavour, the malt blend has been amped up and features Pils, wheat, and oats for a full-bodied mouthfeel.
The Mountain Culture x Sierra Nevada Summer Pale Ale is available throughout Australia at independent bottle shops.