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40 years ago, Ken Grossman created America’s most influential ale

When Sierra Nevada Pale Ale launched 40 years ago, Anchor Steam Beer had already been on the market for nine years. Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder and original brewer, did not create the United States’ first craft beer.

Only the most influential.

Crisper and with a stronger hop presence than than the amber-colored steam beer, Pale Ale paved the way for the bracing, bitter brews that became American craft beer’s trademarks. Sierra Nevada Pale was a revolution poured into a 12-ounce bottle.

“We intentionally brewed something that would stand out,” Grossman said during a telephone interview last week. “Ninety percent of the people who tasted it thought it was way too hoppy.”

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