Sierra Nevada takes over taps at Bown Crossing this Saturday

Just weeks after the most excellent Stone Brewing Co. brought over 50 beers to Boise for a special event, the legendary Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is doing a similar deal at Bown Crossing this Saturday.

The Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover is a one day affair, with all five eating/drinking establishments in Bown Crossing (Boise Fry Co., the Tavern at Bown Crossing, Locavore, Flatbread Community Oven, and Bier:Thirty) having Sierra beers on tap between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

There will be at least 24 different Sierra brews on tap to try. A $20 ticket gets you 20 3-ounce pours. You walk from place to place trying what you like. All five restaurants have excellent grub, so make a day of it. Saturday’s weather forecast is for a sunny 74 degree day. Strolling around Bown on a sunny day, drinking Sierra beers, and eating killer food — sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it?

Unlike the Stone event (which was awesome — if you didn’t go, you totally missed out), the Sierra tap takeover is during the day at multiple places, so it is a more family friendly affair. You can buy a ticket beforehand at any of the five restaurants.

This is a big deal for craft beer enthusiasts. Sierra Nevada is THE defining craft beer producer since the movement took off in the early 80s, and it’s nice to see them represent in Boise.

The heart and soul of the exploding craft beer industry is located in Chico, California — and it has been for over 30 years.

Sierra Nevada is the sixth-biggest brewery in the U.S. - behind Anheuser-Busch, Miller-Coors, Pabst, Yuengling and Boston Beer Co. - yet its products still taste like they were created with the loving care of a small, hometown brewery.

With so much competition, how has Sierra Nevada stayed relevant and vital for so long? I say it comes down to three things: quality control, a spirit for innovation and a decision in the mid 2000s to increase its brewing capacity at its Chico, Calif., brewing plant. Now, all the big craft brewers are expanding their production. It is not a coincidence.

Anyway, here is the complete taplist of Sierra brews that will be in Bown Crossing this weekend (as of Wednesday):

Foam Pilsner
French-style Saison
Ovila Dubbel
El Pluorado
Torpedo Extra IPA
Floral IPA
Ovila Golden
Brown Ale
Southern Hemisphere
Single Blonde
Pale Ale
Tumbler Brown Ale
Bigfoot '10
Bigfoot '11
Bigfoot '12
Red wine barrel-aged Ovila Dubbel
Imperial Pilsner
Super Rocket V8 bourbon barrel-aged imperial smoked porter