There’s nothing worse than a concert or festival that’s out of town. You’re favorite band or brewery holding an event that’s just too far away. You gotta buy tickets, find a place to stay, take time off from work, and pay travel expenses. Oftentimes, it’s just out of the question.
Imagine a traveling beer festival. Your favorite breweries, your favorite beers, your favorite event, and it all comes to you. They do the travelling. You stay right where you are. You’re imagining Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America.
The California craft brewery announced this week that they’re inviting every craft brewery in the country (that’s close to 3,000 breweries) to take part in a two-week traveling beer festival this summer, from July 19th – August 2nd.
“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,” Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder told Beverage World. “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.”
They’re hitting seven cities, each for a day. The schedule is below:
- Sat, July 19th: Northwest Edition at Sierra Nevada Hop Field in Chico, CA, 12-5 p.m.
- Sun, July 20th: Southwest Edition at Embarcadero North in San Diego, CA, 1-6 p.m.
- Fri, July 25th: Rocky Mountain Edition at Sculpture Park in Denver, CO, 5-10 p.m.
- Sun, July 27th: Midwest Edition at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL, 12-5 p.m.
- Fri, August 1st: New England Edition at Thompson Point in Portland, ME, 5-10 p.m.
- Sat, August 2nd: Mid-Atlantic Edition at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia, PA, 12-5 p.m.
- Sun, August 3rd: Southeast Edition in Mills River, NC, 1-6 p.m.
Each festival will feature up to two beers per brewery, food vendors, and live music by the MarchFourth Marching Band spectacle.
As part of the celebration, 12 brewers from across the country are brewing 12 collaboration beers to be released in one special, mixed 12-pack. The dozen breweries featured include Ninkasi, Firestone Walker, New Glarus, Ballast Point, 3 Floyd’s, Bells, Allagash, Russian River, Asheville Brewers Alliance, and Russian River in 12oz bottles. Then in 12oz cans will be Oskar Blues and Cigar City.
Proceeds from the festival will go to the state brewers guilds in the festival host states and to hop and barley research to foster the development of new types of hop varieties and barley crops to fuel the pursuit of new flavor experiences for the ever-expanding tastes of craft drinkers.
Tickets are now on sale at the Beer Camp website and are limited to 5,000 per venue. Tickets cost $65 for general admission. That price includes a tasting glass and unlimited tastings (in most locations, see the website for full details). A designated driver ticket is available for $30. How sweet is that?
Sure, it’s only seven cities, but hey, it’s better than one city right? One of those seven cities could be a lot closer to you than just Chico, CA. And let’s be real, it’s the first year for the traveling edition of Beer Camp. 20 years from now, they could hit all 50 states.
For those that can’t make the festival, the Beer Camp Across America 12-pack will be available throughout the U.S. this summer. If anyone reading does go, be sure to send us some pics!
Check out the Beer Camp Across America trailer below: