Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif.
$9.99/cork-finished 750ml bottle at metro beverage stores.
Profile: This very special collaboration between pioneering homebrewers Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhart and Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman is part of the Sierra 30th anniversary series. Dubbed an imperial helles bock, it’s a bold American take on a classic German-style lager that looks and drinks more like a traditional dopplebock. A hefty 8.3 percent alcohol by volume, it features a bittersweet balance of floral hops and toasty malts, with a lovely copper color and a creamy off-white head.
Pair with: The robust bittersweet flavors of Charlie, Fred & Ken’s Bock make a good match for the caramelized flavors of roasted or grilled meats. Pair it with peppery jerk chicken, spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or steak tacos. For dessert, try it with caramel flan.
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast.