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Jul 25, 2014 01:32 PM

Beer Camp

Has anybody had any of these yet? Have you actually seen these cases in any stores near you? Apparently this is the Must Have beer release of the summer... *sigh* Still not sure how it works exactly. Are they all collaborations between Sierra Nevada and the other breweries mentioned or is Sierra Nevada releasing their versions of these breweries beers?

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  1. I hadn't heard of beer camp but my local had a bunch of the collaborations on tap. The Siera combos with allagash, cigar city and Russian River were all good.

    1. I tried a collab with New Glarus on draught. It was a solid ESB but nothing particularly special.

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      1. re: Josh

        No surprise, really, because New Glarus is such a fantastic brewery.

      2. I bought a box a couple of weeks ago. Overall I enjoyed most of the beers, although didn't find any of them truly outstanding. Seems rather typical of most beers Sierra Nevada has a hand in. Solid but unspectacular, sold at a fair price. Worth picking up a box if you come across it, but most likely nothing in there will make you rush out to buy another box.

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        1. re: Whisper

          I feel like Sierra is in some ways constrained by their history and their market share. Where Rogue continues to try new and weird things, with varying degrees of success, Sierra's lineup feels a little tired to me, though there are some notable exceptions like Celebration, Bigfoot, the Ovila series, and the one-offs they did like the Imperial Stout collaboration with Fritz Maytag, which was a really impressive beer.

          They have a tasting room in Berkely and it was pretty disappointing working our way through the lineup.

          1. re: Josh

            Now that you mention it, Josh, Sierra Nevada seems about halfway between Rogue and Anchor Brewing on the scale of daring new products.

            1. re: Tripeler

              Now that Fritz has sold Anchor they've been releasing a lot more beer. Some are pretty good (Cloud Stout), some are pretty terrible (Saison, blech), some are just weird (Biere de garde made from Anchor's house yeast strain).

              1. re: Josh

                Actually, you are right, though Anchor has yet to become the "Pete's Wicked" of the current era. When I saw a Pete's Wicked Strawberry beer (light blonde colour) I was certain it was the end for PW, which happened not so long after that.

                1. re: Tripeler

                  Pete's Wicked Strawberry Blonde was first released in 1996, while the "Pete's Wicked" brand was discontinued by then-owner Gambrinus in 2011.

        2. Saw it at Costco today. Not inexpensive!

          1. Sorry this is off topic but I had to read this thread based on the title as I was envisioning, ya know, Beer Camp. Beds made out of cases, capture the keg, beer pong (duh), shuffleboard with giant beer caps, duck duck beer. Beer camp.

            Still, good luck in your quest!