Ken Grossman was taught the art of homebrew and fermentation at an early age. After opening a homebrew supply store, Ken and his fellow homebrewer, Paul Camusi began their brewing journey. In the 1970’s the hops available were not the best in quality, pushing Grossman to the source where he found whole cone hops. Since 1979, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has been brewing with whole cone hops and has never looked back. Join The Hoppy Brewer in the Sierra Nevada tasting event on Thursday, July 7th, 2016.
Purest IngredientsPut good in and good will come out. We believe that the best results are born from the best possible ingredients. We insist on the highest quality and freshest ingredients for every beer we brew, with an eye toward the environment, responsible farming and our agricultural future.
Whole-Cone HopsSierra Nevada uses only whole-cone hops for all of our ales and lagers. Whole-cone hops are the flowers of the hop plant in their most natural state, maintaining the precious aromatic oils and resins inside. Whole-cone hops preserve the pure, unique and individual flavors of hops, which creates a clean, bold and pure hop character in the finished beer. Despite our relatively small size, Sierra Nevada uses more whole-cone hops than any brewer in the world!
WaterOf the four main ingredients in beer—water, malt, hops and yeast—water makes up more than 90% of the liquid, but is the most often overlooked. At Sierra Nevada, we’re fortunate to have access to some of the greatest water on earth. At both of our brewery sites (California and North Carolina), our principal water source comes from abundant pure mountain water filtered over decades through stone and into deep-well aquifers.