Today’s Year of Beer painting is Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. This fine ale is a benchmark for quality, consistency, and positive influence in the community. If you drank Sierra Nevada’s beer 15 years ago, you had to be a “bitter beer lover”. Now with hop-heavy beers present in all corners of our country, this Pale Ale seems pleasantly balanced. This brewery was started by home-brewers Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi in 1980, which makes it one of the oldest craft breweries in the U.S. Located in Chico, California, with pioneering efforts in green sustainability, the brewery is now not only the sixth largest craft brewery in America, making over 786,000 barrels of beer a year, but was also voted “Green Business of the Year” by The United Stated Environmental Protection Agency in 2010. Solar panels, spent grain recycling, childcare available on premise and darn tasty brews add up to make this brewery a winner all around.