Beers I Have Known: Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA

This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.

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I’m very pleased that I live in a place that has been dubbed Beer City, U.S.A. More than that, I’m excited that the community continues to live up to the title, years after the sponsor of the annual vote gave up on the process, presumably in part because they got tired of this little North Carolina mountain town winning every year. Among all of our other craft brewers, modest and ambitious, comes arguably the granddaddy of them all: Sierra Nevada. Their new east coast facility (technically in neaby Mills River) has been brewing for a little while and recently opened their huge, impressive taproom. Ever since Sierra Nevada announced they were on the way, they’ve been remarkably good citizens to their new home away from home, flying Asheville brewers out to their main facility in Chico, California and generally offering up the corporate equivalent of “we’re just happy to be here” at every turn. Happily, they seem to mean it. I saw the taproom the right way: with a bevy of friends, all of whom were excited to share the relatively rare beers they ordered through the night. A number of the beers were excellent, but I favored the rich, delectable Blindfold Black IPA. I did last night, anyway. My fickle taste buds could decide another brew to be the victor on any given excursion. It’ll be a competition I’ll be happy to preside over for many nights to come.

Point Special
21st Amendment Bitter American
Abita Restoration Pale Ale
Rolling Rock
Skull Splitter
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
Red Stripe
Rhinelander Bock
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
ABA Hoppy Saison
Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
French Broad Brewing Gateway Kolsch
Big Boss Brewing “High Monkey”
Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
The Native Brewing Company The Eleven Brown Ale
Labatt Blue
Smuttynose Winter Ale
Point Beyond the Pale IPA
Capital Brewery Supper Club
Highland Brewing 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale
Central Waters Brewing Company Sixteen
Pisgah Pale Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company Pumpkin Pie Lust
Asheville Brewing Company Rocket Girl

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