This month, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is set to release their newest Beer Camp variety pack. And we all know what that means–we all be scrambling to find a 12-pack of our own. Each of the six different beers featured in this set is brewed in collaboration with a group of regional brewers. For example, Sweet Sunny South, a fragrant, crushable table beer, is the brainchild of brewers from Funky Buddha (Ft. Lauderdale), Wicked Weed (Asheville, NC), Austin Beerworks (Austin, TX), Bayou Teche (Arnaudville, LA), Creature Comforts (Athens, GA) and, of course, Sierra Nevada. Which means we finally have an answer to the age-old question: How many brewers does it take to create six beers. Apparently, 31.
So ahead of finding the collab-pack we’ve dreaming about, let’s breakdown the brews-to-be.
1. Family Values Imperial Brown Ale
Brewed with: August Schell Brewing Co. (New Ulm, MN), Dark Horse Brewing Co. (Marshall, MI), Sun King Brewery (Indianapolis, IN), Perennial Artisan Ales (St. Louis, MO), Half Acre Beer Co. (Chicago, IL)
This Midswestern brew is made with Minnesota wild rice, Indiana honey, Missouri oats, Michigan hops and cocoa nibs from Illinois. 35 IBUs, 8.5% ABV
2. Moxee Moron Imperial Session IPA
Brewed with: Bale Breaker Brewing Co. (Yakima, WA), Barley Brown’s Beer (Baker City, OR), Melvin Brewing Co. (Jackson, WY), Black Raven Brewing Co. (Redmond, WA), Odell Brewing Co. (Ft. Collins, CO)
Made with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic and experimental hops, this imperial session is hopped up in a way only PNW and Rocky Mountain brewers know how. 70 IBUs, 7.5% ABV
3. Stout of the Union Robust Stout
Brewed with: Beachwood BBQ & Brewing (Long Beach, CA), Port Brewing Co./The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, CA), Bagby Beer Co. (Oceanside, CA), Societe Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA), Smog City Brewing Co. (Torrance, CA)
Brewed by Californians, this dark beer is roasty, malty and rich. Malts include Maris Otter, Munich, oats, caramel, chocolate and roasted barley. 64 IBUs, 7.3& ABV
4. Sweet Sunny South Southern Table Beer
Brewed with: Funky Buddha (Ft. Lauderdale), Wicked Weed (Asheville, NC), Austin Beerworks (Austin, TX), Bayou Teche (Arnaudville, LA), Creature Comforts (Athens, GA)
This Southern brew is made with the traditional flavors of the sunny South: tea, peaches, corn grits, honeysuckle, peach, prickly pear, papaya and guava. 23 IBUs, 4.9% ABV
5. Pat-Rye-Ot Revolutionary Pale Ale
Brewed with: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE), Devils Backbone Brewing Co. (Roseland, VA), Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Warren, VT), Stoudts Brewing Co. (Adamstown, PA), Trillium Brewing Co. (Boston, MA)
Rye meets apple cider in this surprisingly delicious pale ale. Made with two-row pale, rye and caramel malts and a combination of apple cider from Delaware and Vermont, this amber beer comes in at 55 IBUs and 5.6% ABV.
6. West Latitude Session Rye
Brewed with: Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Healdsburg, CA), Maui Brewing Co. (Kihei, HI), Faction Brewing Co. (Alameda, CA), Magnolia Brewing Co. (San Francisco, CA), Mad River Brewing Co. (Blue Lake, CA)
West Coast flavors of fruity hops mix with the Hawaiian touch of hibiscus flowers and a dash of spice and rye for a red ale of West Coast proportions. 55 IBUs, 5.5% ABV