Torpedo Pilsner (Firestone Walker Brewing)
Collaborative brewing doesn't just allow brewers to share creative ideas, it's also an opportunity for brewers to walk into a new brewery and play with someone else's toys. Sierra Nevada's most famous toy is an invention of their own - the Hop Torpedo which runs fermented beer through charges of whole cone hops for extra aroma. Firestone Walker's Matt Brynilson already makes one of the nation's best pilsners (the Pivo Pils) and his Sierra Collaboration ups the ante on that beer by running fruity New Zealand hops through Hop Torpedo for a lager with a floral and fruity nose. Don't expect a hop bomb though: The hops are really an accent note and the focus remains on the cracker malt flavor and crisp drinkability.