Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
No other beer has done more to change the landscape of American craft beer than Sierra Nevada’s flagship pale ale, an ubiquitous brew that made people sit up and take notice thanks to its aggressive bitterness compared to other beers of its era. More than 30 years after hitting the market, it remains the standard against which other pale ales are compared. Its aroma still suggests a carpet of fresh pine needles, and its flavor is still a near perfect balance between hop bitterness and biscuit-like malts. In the three decades since it came out, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has become something of an icon — and that’s not a bad thing, because it’s also one of the most widely available craft beers on the market, even showing up in establishments that don’t normally serve better beers. As you explore the wild and crazy beers being served up by modern brewers, be sure to pay a visit to this American classic once in a while. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is widely available at places like City Tap House and Kildare’s Irish Pub.