This Year’s Beercast

It looks like 2010 is going to be another great year for beer, full of interesting collaborations, a big anniversary for Sierra Nevada, and whatever else brewers decide to throw in their kettles and serve. Here's some of the stuff we're looking to try in the coming year.

In March, the first of Sierra Nevada's special 30th anniversary series of beers will be released. (I wrote about some of their new developments last year.) Founder Ken Grossman will be brewing four different collaborative beers, three with other early craft brewing pioneers (Fritz Maytag, Jack McAuliffe, and Fred Eckhardt and Charlie Papazian). The fourth will be a Sierra-only beer, with the brew staff collaborating with Grossman. The beers will be bottled and corked  in 750ml bottles and proceeds will go to charity. You can keep tabs on the project at http://www.sierra30.com/. Sierra spokesperson Bill Manley tells us that Fritz Maytag "will be here at the brewery making the first collaboration in two weeks." Sierra also introduced Glissade, a golden bock, last week, replacing ESB in its seasonal line up.

Dogfish Head, the CHOW 13–winning brewery out of Delaware, is planning to release My Antonia, a collaboration with Italian brewery Birra del Borgo to the U.S. market this year. It is "a continually hopped imperial pilsner," which we think is going to become a trend this year (everything else has already gone imperial). Dogfish is also going to release Namaste (another collaboration with Birra del Borgo), their riff on a witbier, this summer, but it will only be available on draft at their pub. Another interesting bottling will be the Wrath of Pecan, brewed with BeerAdvocate's Alström brothers for the Extreme Beer Fest, and named via a vote on BeerAdvocate.com. (Was voting rigged? "Bromance" should have been the obvious winner.) The bottles will be released in March at the brewery's "Weekend Of Compelling Ales & Whatnot." The beer is made with pecan-smoke malt, and plantain flour.

In Oregon, Deschutes has good news for lovers of The Dissident (count me as one—it's a great beer, done in the Flanders brown ale style), one of Deschute's Reserve Series beers that has been long sold out. In the company's blog, it says "the second batch is brewing and will be released sometime in late 2010."

Magic Hat Brewing Company is busy in Vermont. We are told we can expect quite a few new beers coming out, including a new spring seasonal called Vinyl (an amber lager with cool label art done by the Phish poster maestro Jim Pollock), which is "already being shipped." The brewery is also making four new Odd Notion beers, "starting with an Unfiltered American Wheat Pale Ale, which will be available in our Spring Fever Variety 12-pack. Our Summer Odd Notion will be a Ginger Ale, Fall Odd Notion a Green Apple Wit, and the Winter Odd Notion a Hibiscus Sour Red Rye." Also keep an eye out for a special series of IPAs called IPA On Tour.

Any beers you're on the lookout for?