Sierra Nevada celebrates start of brewing near Asheville with Rain Check Spiced Stout

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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rain_check_sierra_nevada_2014Congrats to Sierra Nevada. Press release:

Sierra Nevada is celebrating the official start of brewing at its new Mills River, North Carolina, facility with the release of Rain Check Spiced Stout, a specialty beer brewed for western North Carolina and several surrounding states. Rain Check was inspired by the tropical flavors often found in other favorite foul-weather drinks—fresh ginger, brown sugar, molasses, and tangy lime.

“It’s exciting to have some fun with the new brewery and to make a beer for our neighbors,” says Brian Grossman, co-manager of the Mills River brewery and son of Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. “Getting this place up and online has been a long and challenging project, but now we can focus our energy on making great beer and delivering it to our East Coast drinkers fresher, faster, and with less of an impact on the environment.”

In February, Sierra Nevada began producing limited amounts of test run beer, focusing on “flavor matching” its legendary Torpedo® Extra IPA and flagship Pale Ale, ensuring batches brewed in North Carolina exactly match batches brewed in California. In conjunction with the limited release of Rain Check, Sierra Nevada is ramping up production of Torpedo and Pale Ale to fulfill growing eastern demand.

Rain Check Spiced Stout is the brewery’s answer to the merciless wet weather that plagued and slowed construction of the new site since breaking ground in April 2012. Last year, North Carolina had one of the wettest years on record with more than 75 inches of rain followed by bitter cold and snow that dampened construction efforts.

Rain Check is the first specialty beer brewed at the new facility and marks the first of many original beers Sierra Nevada will create with the tastes of the local western North Carolina community in mind. Rain Check with be available in packs of four 12-ounce bottles and on draught in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia starting in mid-June.

Sierra Nevada will host a grand opening celebration at the Mills River brewery on Sunday, August, 3, which will be the finale of its seven-city Beer Camp Across America traveling beer festival. Sierra Nevada invited roughly 300 local and regional brewers to pour their beers at the Mills River festival. See the brewer lineup and get tickets at

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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