It’s Beer Camp time! Okay, so for those of you in-the-know, you must be as excited as I am when I see the Beer Camp mix-pack from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in stores. In the past, Sierra Nevada has held a home-brewer video challenge and the winners got to attend Beer Camp in Chico, California where they brewed their favorite recipes with the Sierra Nevada brewmasters. This year Sierra Nevada opened a new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina and I guess they wanted to take a road trip between the two breweries. Instead of hosting home-brewers, SN invited their favorite breweries to collaborate at the closest SN headquarters (Chico, or Mills River) to brew up a collaboration Beer Camp beer. The program was to make the beer, and then host the longest road-trip beer fest ever hosted by an American brewery. They didn’t come to Alaska (grump!) but Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse just hosted a tasting event last week. I unfortunately missed it as I was at the Alaska Sailing Club enjoying Beer Camp beer in a boat. I bought two packs, so I still have a few left.
The featured beer painting of the day is of Beer Camp Myron’s Walk – a collaboration by Sierra Nevada and Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine. I chose this particular Beer Camp beer because it talks about the Appalachian Trail right on the bottle, and because I haven’t found a Maine beer here in Alaska as of yet. Myron Avery, the name sake of this beer, was the founder of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The AT spans the entire East coast, and it takes most of a year to walk the whole thing. This is a great concept for a beer’s name, and although I know they say these are a one-time only release, this one would be a good one to re-release. The beer is a Belgian-style pale hopped up in true SN style with whole cone Citra and Mosaic hops. I don’t think there are many Belgian beers that actually have this much hop content. At 38 IBUs, I think they might be a little underscoring this one, or maybe it is the coriander playing off the bold American hops that perfectly compliment each other, creating a piney, citrusy flavor. Then Allagash’s proprietary Belgian-style yeast was addded, which I might add is bready and delicious, making a great beer that I wish was a permanent offering available here in Alaska!
Cheers to Beer Camp! I have represented all but three of these collaboration breweries so far this year. All of these have been delicious! Nothing like drinking Beer Camp at a campsite! Whether that is on the lake, near the ocean, or in the mountains!