Boulevard Brewing Co. teams up with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

The first commercial collaboration between Boulevard Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will hit store shelves in mid-June.

Terra Incognita - or unknown lands - was originally brewed in very limited quantities for patrons of SAVOR, a Brewers Association event held in June 2012 in Washington D.C. It was so well received that the two companies decided to bring it back.

“We tried to create a beer that would highlight the strengths of each brewery – for us, our use of wild yeast and barrel aging, and for Sierra Nevada, their hop-centric talent and homegrown ingredients,” said Boulevard Brewmaster Steven Pauwels, in a press release.

The breweries said the dark brown ale has “an ambitious grain bill, is assertively hopped, and is aged – one portion in old wooden wine foudres and another in used whiskey barrels – for nearly three months. The roasty bitterness blends with subtle notes of herb and spice to create a dry, balanced beer. Barrel aging adds aromatic accents, while bottle conditioning with Brettanomyces yields a uniquely funky, earthy finish.”

Sierra Nevada head brewer Steve Dresler said: “This is a tough beer to dial in, but we have a lot of fun with the challenge and can’t wait to hear people’s take on round two.”

The name also ties in the two breweries. Kansas City’s Boulevard and Sierra Nevada in Chico, Calif., are located at the opposite ends of the California Trail (an overland wagon trail in the early 1800s of about 2,000 miles across the western half of the U.S. from Missouri river towns to what is now the state of California).

Dresler and Boulevard brewmaster Pauwels will host a Terra Incognita dinner at Leawood’s Rye restaurant on June 18.

The limited release beer was brewed and packaged at Boulevard and about 5,200 cases of Terra Incognita will be released throughout Boulevard’s 25-state distribution territory. The two breweries are already planning the 2014 version, which will be produced at Sierra Nevada and sent out through its distribution network.