Six beers shall lead them
Of course it wouldn’t be Beer Camp without those limited edition Sierra Nevada collaborations that started the whole thing. All six will be featured at each of the Camp’s city stops (though the coveted 12-pack collecting them won’t be for sale at the festivals).
So what beers did each region favor us with this year?
Sweet Sunny South -- From the Southeast comes a summery table beer that takes its cues from tea, peaches, and corn grits. Be aware, though, that at 4.9% ABV, this beer is less Belgian table and more Southern porch.
Moxee-Moron -- The Pacific Northwest takes the other extreme with its ultra-hoppy Imperial Session IPA. Hopped at four stages, this beer derives its name from Imperial beers’ heavy ABV and strong hops set at odds with session beers’ low ABV and balanced malt/hops flavors. And from Moxee, WA, of course.
West Latitude -- Northern California adds a touch of Hawaiian hibiscus flower to this session beer. Now that sounds as light and crisp as a spring Sunday in Stockton.
Family Values -- Showcasing the best of the Midwest, it’s stuffed full of Minnesota wild rice, Indiana honey, Missouri oats, Illinois cocoa nibs, and Michigan hops. The other seven states in that region contributed the secret ingredient: love, which is the real flavor here. No, that’s a lie; the real flavor is ale. Wonderful, brown ale.
Pat-Rye-Ot -- The Northeast introduces a pale ale that’s as heavy on the rye and apples as a callback to this region’s agrarian roots. Wouldn’t it have been great if they’d commenced this brew by hurling a box of English tea in the harbor? Next year, Colonists. Next year.
Stout of the Union -- The sunny, dry Southwest plays against type with its rich, roasted malt. The brewers recommend it as a great beer to sip by the beach, which makes this beer as deliciously contrarian as its brother Moxee-Moron.
You can try all six beers at each of the festivals along with...dang, hundreds upon hundreds of others from various craft brewers.