In its third year of touring the country, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is bring its Beer Camp festival back to Philadelphia. Beer Camp is no ordinary festival either. Sierra Nevada goes above and beyond setting up a one of kind festival.
What makes this beer fest so special? Well to start, Sierra Nevada teams up with a dozen of the brewery friends to brew a series of collaborations in celebration of the event. The twelve different beers are then mixed in a variety pack, making what is by far the best non-mix-and-match-yourself variety pack you’ll find on the store shelf. All the beers are then featured at the festival with brewers from each collaborator on hand pouring you samples and talking about their breweries. Here’s a full list of this years collaborations:
Fullers Brewery: Atlantic-Style Vintage Ale, English-style ale brewed with plums.
Duvel Moortgat: Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden, ale brewed with lemon peel.
Tree House Brewing Company: East Meets West IPA
Mikkeller Brewery: Thai-Style Iced Tea, ale brewed with lactose, orange peel, black tea, tamarind & star anise
Garage Project: Campout Porter, brewed with vanilla and honey
Saint Arnold Brewing Company: Dry-Hopped Berliner-Style Weisse
Surly Brewing Co: Ginger Lager, lager brewed with ginger & cayenne, fermented on oak
Boneyard Beer: West Coast-Style DIPA
Avery Brewing Co: Dry-Hopped Barleywine Style Ale
Ayinger Brewery: Dunkle Weisse
The Bruery: Raspberry Sundae, ale brewed with lactose, cocoa, vanilla & raspberry
Kiuchi Brewery: White IPA with Yuzu, ale brewed with coriander, nutmeg & yuzu.
As you may have noticed by the list, some of these collaborations mean that there will be a few breweries making their Philadelphia debut, including Tree House, which is one of the most sought after breweries in the country when it comes to those cloudy, New England-style IPAs everyones been obsessing over lately. The others making their debut are Garage Project, Saint Arnold, Boneyard, and Kiuchi. It’ll also be a very rare appearance by Minnesota’s Surly Brewing.
Another thing that sets this festival apart is these breweries won’t be alone in making rare or first-time appearances in Philadelphia. Not wanting to choose favorites, Sierra Nevada has invited EVERY brewery in the country to attend their festivals (they will hold six different festivals this year), giving breweries not yet registered in the market, to sign short-term contracts to share their beer at the festival. You can find a full list of breweries pouring in Philadelphia here, but some of the special appearances include: Kane, LIC Beer Project, Rhinegeist, Mindful, and Zeroday.
The festival, which will take place at the Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, will also include performances from bands The Stray Birds and The Commonheart. There will also be a selections of some of the areas best food trucks for when you’re ready to take a snack break.
Want to plan your festival attack? Sierra Nevada has even launched an app listing all the beers and where to find them so you know exactly where to go when you arrive. Download the app for iPhone’s here or for Android here.
Tickets and more info on the festival can be found here.