Bitburger and Sierra Nevada - a friendship among brewers 

More than 7,000 kilometers separate the two breweries of Bitburger in the Eifel region of Germany and Sierra Nevada, whose specialty beers are brewed in Mills River (North Carolina) and Chico (California). But the shared passion of brewing beers of the highest quality and with the finest taste creates a friendly bond between them. Both traditional breweries can look back on a long history, have been family run since the day they were first founded and are constantly seeking to develop in innovative ways. It's not just the art of brewing that's been passed on over the generations – the importance and knowledge of the best raw materials has, too. Because it's only those brewers who use first-class hops, the purest brewing water, choice malt and the best yeast when brewing who will end up with a beer with a unique taste.

With this shared understanding, the two brewing teams meet up and share their many years of experience, their intense passion for brewing and their love for the best ingredients in order to brew a distinctive beer together.

Best raw materials and craftsmanship – the secret behind the best taste

Two brewers, one passion – and the belief that they can brew a unique beer using the finest ingredients. It's no easy task, because they had to unite their shared ideas – in the face of a huge time difference and the distance between them. One thing quickly became clear, brewmaster Stefan Meyna made his way to Mills River – and with him the Bitburger "sealed hops" and Bitburger's own natural yeast, which left the protective walls of our brewery for the first time ever. Then it was off to be jointly brewed in the USA. And at the end of this trip – at the Springtoberfest on May 11th 2019 in Mills River – we will proudly be presenting our first beer together: the Bitburger & Sierra Nevada Festbier!

There’s more to come… because we're already curious to know what the Sierra Nevada brewers will bring over to Bitburg next year.

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