Steph’s New Brew Review: Alt Route

Steph’s New Brew Review: Alt Route

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in collaboration with Victory Brewing Company Alt Route, a 6.6% ABV Altbier

Appearance Deep amber with a long-lasting creamy off white head. Tons of bubbles.
Aroma Malty goodness. Hints of sweet caramel, citrusy hops, and subtle dark fruits.
Taste Balanced roasted malt and earthy hop bitterness. Slight sweetness; finishes dry.
Mouthfeel Medium bodied with bright carbonation.
Overall Delicious, drinkable brew.

Alt Route is one of twelve collaboration beers in the Beer Camp Across America variety pack. Sierra Nevada worked with twelve different exceptional breweries to put together this unique experience for beer drinkers.

Brewers from Cigar City, 3 Floyds, Russian River, Ballast Point, New Glarus, Ninkasi, Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues, Bell’s, Allagash, Asheville Brewers Alliance, and Victory were personally invited to create a special collaboration beer with Sierra Nevada. Beer styles range from a tropical maibock to a hoppy pilsner and everything in between.

The traditional Altbier style originated in Düsseldorf, Germany. “Alt” refers to the “old” style of brewing (making top-fermented ales), which was common before lager brewing became popular. The Altbier style has many characteristics of a lager beer despite predating the isolation of lager yeast strains.

Alt Route is a tribute to pursuing our passions and refusing to take the easy path. The beer is brewed with Pilsner, Munich, Caramel, and Carafa III malts and Summit, Liberty, and Mt. Hood whole leaf hops. Fermented with an ale-lager hybrid yeast at cold temperatures, this modern take on an old school German Altbier is fruity like an ale, but boasts a clean, lager-like flavor.

Beer Camp Across America, the 7-city traveling beer festival, will be making a stop in Philadelphia, PA this Saturday. Eighty-two regional brewers will be pouring samples to beer drinkers at Penn Treaty Park from noon to 5 PM. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Leap by clicking here. General admission tickets cost $65 and designated driver tickets cost $30. Look for an article about the festival by our friend John Gillepsie soon.

Wanna pick this one up? Check Sierra Nevada’s Beer Locator.
Check out… the Beer Camp Across America trailer!

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