The Best of Beer Camp variety pack
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif.
$18.99/ 12-pack at metro beverage stores
Profile: Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is the ultimate beer geek fantasy. Lucky contest winners and beer industry insiders travel to Chico to tour the brewery, learn more about the brewing process, and ultimately formulate a recipe to make their own one-of-a-kind beer.
The new Best of Beer Camp variety pack includes four different camper creations — Juniper Black, Weizenbock, Double IPA and California Common. Each is an appealing take on a particular style. But I’m sort of partial to the California Common, a malty/hoppy version of the lager/ale hybrid style best known as steam beer (like Anchor Steam). What’s more, Dave Blanchard, co-owner of Brick Store Pub in Decatur, was one of the happy campers responsible for this brew, and you can find it on draft at the Brick Store for a limited time.
Pair with: The four beers in this variety pack have four very different flavor profiles. But why not try them all in a tasting session with a few friends and some hearty bread, cheese and cured meats? Sounds like a party.
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast: www.brewingnews.com/southernbrew