Not Your Average Summer Camp

It’s the first I’ve heard of it, but now I cannot stop thinking about it: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. It’s a pilgrimage of sorts to Chico, CA that takes you through the ins and outs of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co and finishes with the opportunity to brew a beer of your very own volition.

The group of “campers” is chosen by video entry—only the most creative and passionate entries are considered—and then after learning about Sierra Nevada, all of the fellow campers hunker down and ponder together on what type of beer they should brew. Any beer style will fly, as long as everyone agrees upon it. Some of the past favorite camp brews include California Common, an ale brewed with lager yeast; Juniper Black, a smokey, chocolate ale brewed with just a hint of juniper berries; a lemony, hop-heavy Double IPA and a traditional German-style Weizenbock. These particular four recipes were so delicious and so sought-after that they’ve been bottled into a variety pack: The Best of Beer Camp.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Variety Pack

Not only would I like to one day attend Beer Camp, but I’d love to get my hands on the first-ever variety pack. Although not a fruit beer fan, I hear the Juniper Black has just the tiniest touch of berry, which compliments instead of overshadowing the chocolaty malts, and I’d truly love to try it. The Weizenbock is right up my alley too.

Have any of you attended Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, or gotten your hands on the newly released Best of Beer Camp 12-pack? I’d love to hear about them both.



  • Deron June 9, 2011 @ 9:41am

    I shared the Weizenbock with a certain Lizard we both know. Got the Juniper in the fridge locked and loaded 🙂

  • Hannah June 9, 2011 @ 10:12am

    Deron – For real? If you have a hankering to do a beer review on it, I wouldn’t be sad. At LEAST send some pics 🙂

  • Ethan June 9, 2011 @ 2:14pm

    We went over all four on Craft Beer Talk a few weeks ago. Hands down, the weizenbock was the best.

  • Hannah June 9, 2011 @ 2:16pm

    Ethan – I’ve been hearing the same from other beer lovers/reviewers! Thanks for passing along the link. Great to meet you last night at Bar Camp as well!

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