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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A brand new seasonal Sierra Nevada Brewing Company beer will be featured in the virtual/home tasting experience being offered in 2020 by the Sierra Oro Farm Trail. The dark lager will debut in a box of Butte County products from local farms and establishments that will be sent to homes of Farm Trail ticket purchasers.
Due to COVID-19, the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend had to pivot. Founder Nicole Johansson said there will be a virtual weekend event on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, at 11 a.m.
Interactive virtual tasting videos are being created for the event. A partnership with Chico State will allow the videos to be watched on the University's GoToMeeting platform. The event will coincide with the University's "Virtual Parent & Alumni Weekend Celebration."
John Pearson, executive director of Chico Velo and board member of Explore Butte County, will host the virtual tasting event and will coordinate an interactive question and answer format for listeners to engage in. Participants include Maisie Jane Hurtado, Anders Lundberg, and the University Farm's Dave Daley.
The Sierra Nevada dark lager embodies a culmination of flavors from the Sierra Oro Farm Trail. It is called the Farm Trail Harvest Baltic Porter. It is brewed with fresh peaches from the University Farm, fire-roasted almonds from Maisie Jane's California Sunshine Products, and organic brown rice syrup from Lundberg Family Farms.
The Farm Trail Harvest is being produced in a limited quantity and will be available in the first 500 Sierra Oro Farm Trail tasting boxes.
There are three tasting boxes available. The food box includes farm-fresh products made in Butte County, including Lundberg Family Farm's new Organic Rice Cake Minis.
The 2nd box offered has food and beverages, and will have the limited-edition bottle of Sierra Nevada's Farm Trail Harvest Baltic Porter (you need to be one of the first 500 people to order this box to have the lager included).
The third box is a Sierra Oro Farm Trail case of wine. The box will include 12 wine bottles from Sierra Oro Farm Trail wineries.
Organizer Nicole Johansson said, "We knew we couldn't invite people to visit our farms, so instead, we are sending the farms home to supporters and enthusiasts in a tasting box, including a few new surprises."
Proceeds from the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend benefit the Sierra Oro Farm Trail, dedicated to further developing agri-tourism in Butte County. CLICK THIS LINK or more information. You can also ask questions by calling the Butte County Farm Bureau at (530) 533-1473.