Here’s a summer outing for grown-ups who love their brew: Beer Camp Across America.
In celebration of opening its new sister brewery on the opposite coast, Chico’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. orchestrated what it hopes to be America’s largest celebration of craft beer in history. This party spans the nation with seven separate festivals. First stop: Sierra Nevada’s own Hop Field on July 19.
“We’re about to open a second brewery in North Carolina, and while that’s exciting for us, it’s an even greater reason to celebrate the future of craft brewers everywhere,” said Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. “We’ve watched and learned from each other for decades, and together we’ve seen tastes change and craft’s momentum snowball. Beer Camp Across America is our way of reflecting on this—with thousands of brewers, fans and great beers. It should be pretty fun.”
Grossman invited more than 2,700 craft brewers to take part nationwide. For the inaugural camp day, 108 breweries from Northern California, Idaho, Northern Nevada, Oregon and Washington will pour more than 200 different beers. Participating beer makers are limited to two brews apiece. A special edition 12-pack will be available to take home, too.
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Among the Sacramento-area craft brewing companies taking part are Bike Dog, Berryessa, Common Cider, Goathouse, Jackrabbit, Knee Deep, Mraz, New Glory, New Helvetia, Ol’ Republic, Out of Bounds, Rubicon, Ruhstaller, Sudwerk and Sutter Buttes.
Of course, you’ll need some food with all that beer. The Chico camp boasts 17 food carts and trucks: Annie’s Asian, Black Kettle, Cafe2U, Caribbean Cafe, Coco’s Baking Company, Cupcake Crusader, Ethel’s Sweets, Gordo Burrito, Grub Station, The Hunter & The Farmer, Ike’s Smokehouse, Inday’s Filipino Food, Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Pop’s Pizza, Tamale Tango, Truckaroni and Wander.
Admission is $65 including a commemorative glass and unlimited beer tastings; food is extra. Designated drivers can get in for $30. It’s adults only; no one under age 21 will be admitted. A portion of proceeds will go to support craft beer makers and beer research.
After its July 19 kickoff, Beer Camp continues with stops at Denver (July 25), Chicago (July 27), Portland, ME. (Aug. 1), Philadelphia (Aug. 2) and the new Sierra Nevada facility at Mills River, N.C. (Aug. 3). Find out the full details (including all the participating breweries) at www.SierraNevada.com/BeerCamp.