June began the Beer Camp Across America Festivals along witht the release of the accompanying Beer Camp Across America variety pack. Sierra Nevada partnered with 30 breweries to produce 6 different styles of beer. The collaborators created unique styles that represent their region of the country and each beer was brewed by 5 breweries and Sierra Nevada. The bottles all look similar, no fancy labels, but instead an overview of facts and ingredients pertaining to the region. The Beer Camp Across America variety pack is on sale for a limited time so get some while supplies last.
#1 Sweet Sunny South Table Beer:
Collaborators: Funky Buddha Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing, Austin Beerworks, Bayou Teche Brewing, Creature Comforts Brewing
Features: Saison infused with teas and fruits native to the south. Rustic ale featuring a southern twist of corn grits (I found that interesting), tea leaves and plenty of sweet fruit, including peaches, papaya and guava.
My thoughts: Peachy color and extremely refreshing. Please, please, please produce more of this! I heart this beer!
#2 Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA
Region: Pacific Northwest & Rockies
Collaborators: Bale Breaker Brewing, Barley Brown’s Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, Melvin Brewing and Odell Brewing
Fact: Moxee, WA is the heart Yakima Valley hop growing region
Features: Yakima valley hops, citrus, berry and tropical fruits, honors the Pacific Northwest’s hop-bomb heritage, features hops in the mash, the kettle, the Hop Torpedo and the fermenter.
My thoughts: No head, copper pour, burn on the back of throat. If you didn’t notice the Imperial Session contradiction, take a look at the name again.
#3 Stout of the Union Robust Stout
Collaborators: Bagby Beer Co., Beechwood BBQ & Brewing, Port Brewing Co/The Lost Abbey, Smog City Brewing and Societe Brewing Co.
Features: Southwest layers of deep malt flavors with rich notes of caramel, coffee, coco and dried fruit
My thoughts: Nice hoppy stout.
#4 Family Values Imperial Brown Ale
Collaborators: Sun King Brewing Co., Perennial Artisan Ales, Half Acre Beer Co., Dark Horse Brewing Co. and August Schell Brewing
Features: Minnesota wild rice, Indiana honey, Missouri oats, Michigan hops, Illinois cocoa nibs and Sierra Nevada’s estate grown-malt.
My thoughts: Intense, strong, brown ale. Tastes of cocoa, and slight taste of honey.
#5 Pat-Rye-Ot Revolutionary Pale Ale
Region: Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
Collaborators: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co., Stoudt’s Brewing Co. and Trillium Brewing
Fact: Produced by brewers located in all the 13 original colonies
Features: Rye and apples (among the first ingredients used by American brewers)
My thoughts: Apple very present in taste. It was tasty but for me personally I wouldn’t buy again because, well, I hate the taste of apples. I know right, who dislikes apples? Me.
#6 West Latitude Session Rye with Hibiscus
Collaborators: Mad River Brewing Co., Faction Brewing Co., Bear Republic Brewing Co., Magnolia Brewing Co. and Maui Brewing Co.
Features: Fruity hops from the California coast and Hibiscus flowers from Hawaii.
My thoughts: Pours dark. I was expecting the taste to pack a strong punch (like an IPA) after the amazing floral smell I received, but tasted like a rye beer, spicy, light hibiscus taste.
Final Thoughts: I truly hope you get to try these collaborative beers and possibly attend a Beer Camp Across America Festival. I’m a fan of collaborative beers and truly enjoy the creativity and flavors produced from different perspectives. I need to thank Jay Bruestle of Ameristop Food Mart for hooking me up with the variety pack.
For more information on the Beer Camp beers and Festivals visit http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/