I thought that my summer camp days were over, but I was lucky enough to join about 75 other, lets call them “campers,” at the Crafty Rooster on July 24 as the downtown Conway pub hosted Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp. Very busy “beertenders” poured 4-ounce samples of each of the 12 beers featured in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America 12-pack.
The 12-pack commemorates the opening of the new East Cast expansion of Sierra Nevada in Mills River, N.C. and features collaboration beers from craft breweries across the country.
The beers include: Yonder Bock, a tropical Maibock, from Cigar City Brewing of Tampa, Fla.; Electric Ray, an India Pale Lager, from Ballast Point Brewing Company of San Diego; Yvan the Great, a Belgian-style blonde ale, from Russian River Brewing of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Torpedo Pilsner, a hopped-up pilsner, from Firestone Walker of Paso Robles, Calif.; There and Back, an English-style bitter, from New Glarus Brewing Company of Wisconsin.
The camp also featured Myron’s Walk, a Belgian-style pale ale, brewed in collaboration with Allagash of Portland, Maine; Alt Route, an Altbier, from Victory Brewing of Downington, Pa.; Chico King, a pale ale, from 3 Floyds Brewing Company of Munster, Ind.;. Double Latte, a coffee milk stout, from Ninkasi Brewing Company of Eugene, Ore.; CANfusion, a Rye Bock, from Oskar Blues Brewery of Brevard, N.C. Tater Ridge, a Scottish ale, was brewed in collaboration with the Asheville Brewers Alliance – an organization made up of 30 representatives from Asheville area breweries. Maillard’s Odyssey, an imperial dark ale, was brewed in collaboration with Bell’s Brewing of Kalamazoo, Mich.
The beers were served in three flights of four beers. They were presented from lightest (Torpedo Pilsner) to darkest (Double Latte) on a placemat adorned with the brewers and styles of each – so the drinker could keep track of which beer was which. While all the beers were solid, there were some definite favorites in the bunch. Being a sucker for big, dark, roasty stouts and over-the-top hops, I enjoyed the Double Latte and the CANfusion the most. Also being a fan of funky, tart brews, the Russian River Yvan the Great did not disappoint.
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