Ahhh Beer Camp. True tidings of summer. Where one amazing brewery dedicates its time to the grand ideas of homebrewers, bar owners, and professional brewers alike.
This year, Sierra Nevada has taken to the road to promote their annual Beer Camp in seven stops across America. They invited all those who signed up for beer camp notifications via one special bottle of West Coast double IPA. Which is available at BevMo and is incredible, I might add. You may have seen our review of the beer on the website, and if so, I hope it made you go out and grab a bottle.
Unfortunately, we didn’t attend the Beer Camp stop in San Diego… The ticket prices gave our wallets shock. We heard it was a great time. Ken Grossman, the founder of Sierra Nevada was there and even poured samples! Since we couldn’t make it to the event, I was damned if I wasn’t going to support my favorite brewery in another fashion. That’s how our fridge became home to the specialty Beer Camp twelve pack!
This unique pack contains ten individual bottles and two cans created by professional breweries around America and produced by SN. I’m really glad to be able to enjoy beers created by brewers that I’ve never seen in California before. Classics such as Cigar City, 3 Floyds, and New Glarus, for example.
Since the backstory is done. Let’s get to tasting!
We started the night off with Yvan the Great. A Belgian-Style Blonde ale from Russian River. Now, I know it’s not fair to only list the collaborating brewery, but for the sake of repetition, I’ll do it that way.
This beer is a Belgian ale, through and through. With a gorgeous golden pour, this beer lacks a thick head. Being not overly carbonated allowed the soft and light fruity flavors to really sink in, rather than dance on your tongue. It smelled fantastic. Truly Belgian in aroma, it was very bright and springy, with hints of melon in the background.
Overall, we were impressed with this beer. Seeing that these brews all have different colored labels, I started giving them my own color based on the overall impressions of each beer. This beer would be Purple. And it receives from us a solid 8/10.
Next we had Yonder Bock. Well, I had most of it since Steph isn’t too keen on bocks. This is a Tropical Maibok from Cigar City.
An interesting effort produced this beer. I drank it from the can, so the aromas I got were minimal. What I smelled was very fruity. Tropical indeed. From mango and guava, I got fresh pine sawdust from it. What I tasted was even fruitier. It was like drinking carbonated, alcoholic fruit juice. Passionfruit mimosas anyone?!
This brew had a disappointing malt profile for a dark brew. Although Optimator and Salvator have fruitiness with them, I was definitely expecting a lot more out of the dark malts. It’s only vaguely roasty. That brought the rating down a bit. As wonderful as it is at first, the fruit side is overwhelming. The color I sensed from this beer was Orange. Not the fruit, just the color. And it earned a 6/10.
That’s all for now. I’ll be back soon to post two more. Stay tuned!