Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is pleased to announce the release of Kellerweis
Hefeweizen into their year-round portfolio of beers. This is the second new
year-round release from the brewery in 2009, and a great addition to their
lineup of world-class beers.The name Sierra Nevada is synonymous with hops, and
lots of them. Kellerweis is an exception to that rule, but fortunately, no less
Several years ago, the brewers began working with a unique Bavarian hefeweizen
yeast strain unknown in this country. This amazingly flavorful yeast was so
exciting that they began working on a recipe for a traditional German hefeweizen
with the Sierra Nevada twist. Traditional hefeweizen is a style that seems
deceptively simple, but in reality is devilishly complex. For years the brewers
weren’t satisfied with the beer; something was missing. In a flash of
inspiration, an epic trip was arranged. The brewers took a whirlwind tour
through the legendary Bavarian wheat breweries to see what they were doing. It
was there they realized the advantages of making wheat beer using the
traditional system of open fermentation.
Sierra Nevada had been making a portion of their beer using the difficult and
labor-intensive technique of open fermentation for years. Most modern brewery
fermentation takes place in closed, stainless-steel tanks; this method is
efficient, quick and clean. In closed tanks, however, the yeast doesn’t have the
opportunity to coax as much complexity from the fermenting beer. Using shallow
open fermentation, the yeast has space to build layers of flavors and aroma that
would otherwise be impossible.
After seeing the technique in use in Germany, the inspiration to make Kellerweis
in the open system took hold. The name is an homage to the German Keller,
meaning cellar—the name breweries give to their fermentation systems, and weis,
or weiss—the German name for “white” or wheat beer, hazy with suspended yeast.
Kellerweis is a light and refreshing beer with deep complexity of flavor. The
yeast provides hints of fruit flavors and spices, including ripe banana and
clove. This hazy-golden beer glows with suspended yeast creating a velvety
texture; perfect for a sunny California day. Sierra Nevada’s Kellerweis
Hefeweizen will be available in 6-packs starting in early summer 2009.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s first
microbreweries and remains highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and
ingredients of the highest quality. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for
artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for their line of beers
and ales including the flagship Pale Ale, Torpedo, Porter, Stout, four seasonal
beers, Harvest Ale series and a host of draft-only specialties.