Saturday, September 17, 2011

Chicago, 2011, Return of Sierra Nevada

Hello love, how have you been? I'm sorry I haven't been around so much.. it's just that with you being American, and me being Canadian, I can't visit as often as I'd like.

Sierra Nevada, I wish they shipped you up to Toronto.

Let's fast forward a bit through time, and stop at March 2011. I had 5 days off before starting a new job, and I was celebrating. Needless to say, I woke up in Chicago.

Have you ever wanted to go somewhere so badly, but feel like the timing was never right? Take my advice folks, NOW is the right time.

After a couple of days of wandering around Chicago I was looking for a local sports pub to watch the Blackhawks game at. Timothy O'Tooles was that bar. Yes, the Blackhawks were the reigning Cup champions, and yes, I had to ask the bartender to kindly change one of the 75 tv's to the game, but I understand, it was March Madness..

Anyways, luckily I'm the kind of lady who sits at the bar when travelling, because after explaining my love for trying local brews, my bartender allowed me to sample just about every kind I could handle that night. From Goose Island to Half Acre to Founders (MI), I got a good fill of what Chicago had to offer.

The next night, the very same gentleman showed me around town. I ended up at what I could only describe as a bbq restaurant, and I finally found it: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was on the menu!

My description of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is probably different from most. I believe it's the PBR of the States, but just hasn't been picked up by some advertising company yet. You see, PBR hasn't changed. It was your grandfather's beer, and it still is.   I'm not your grandfather, but I drink it too.
Apparently Sierra Nevada's gotten the same rap that PBR had, before PBR's advertising re-fresh with the new generation.  People consider it to be just a regular pale ale; one that's always around.

I disagree, based purely on taste.   As a pale ale fan, Sierra Nevada combines hops and a lightly carbonated flavour in the perfect way as to allow one to drink it for an entire night, but also get an eye opening flavour punch with each sip.

If you're ever in the States, try it, and let me know what you think.