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Release Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2013 variety pack

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by BottleCaps80, Jun 26, 2013.

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  1. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Chico, CA—July 18, 2013—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is highlighting the best of its 2012 Beer Camp sessions with a new variety 12-pack featuring three hop-forward brews. Beer Camp is two days of hands-on beer education, recipe formulation and brewing in Sierra Nevada’s 10-barrel pilot brewery at its Chico, Calif., location. From skilled homebrewers to everyday fans, the campers work in conjunction with Sierra Nevada brew masters to create top-notch beers that are hits in the Sierra Nevada taproom but rarely travel elsewhere. The Beer Camp variety pack is a tasty snapshot of the spirited fermentation powwows.

    “Beer Campers bring a lot of enthusiasm and ambition to the brewery, and we love sharing some of the great beers beyond our pub,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “As a brewery, we like to draw big character from whole-cone hops, and the three Beer Camp beers this year made impressive use of arguably our favorite ingredient.”

    The Beer Camp variety pack lands on shelves beginning in August 2013:

    #93 IPA—This IPA sacrifices nothing for its drinkability, flexing big time flavor and complexity. The light color disguises the depth of the malt backbone, a pillar that balances the potent whole-cones of the piney-citrus Cascade and tropical fruit-like Citra hops.
    #94 Belgian-style Black IPA—This beguiling black IPA takes a tropical detour with a dose of new world hops, featuring lemony Sorachi Ace and fruity Nelson Sauvin varieties. A Belgian yeast works with the exotic hop profile, emphasizing its complex and fruity flavors.
    #95 Imperial Red Ale—Our aggressive Imperial Red Ale is a massive mix of smooth malts and West Coast hops that have no patience for the lupulin leery. This crimson beer starts with caramel-like malt flavor that can’t suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale.

    Each year Sierra Nevada invites fans to submit videos for a chance to come to Beer Camp. The contest begins August 1 and runs through Labor Day, and the brewery encourages folks to bookmark www.sierrabeercamp.com and keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for Beer Camp news.

    About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
    Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com.

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  2. abecall98

    abecall98 Devotee (448) Aug 11, 2007 California
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  3. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Defender (633) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I've really enjoyed this series over the past two years. Many of the beers are just modest, but there's a good find in each pack. This red sounds like Deschutes Red Chair, however. The other two sound intriguing.
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  4. rather

    rather Aspirant (260) May 31, 2013 California

    sweet can't wait
  5. sefus12

    sefus12 Aspirant (220) Sep 7, 2006 Kentucky

    Can't wait for this. I love Sierra Nevada.
  6. onefalsemove711

    onefalsemove711 Initiate (182) Jul 20, 2011 California

    Ah, Palate Crusher Camp... Yes, I will give it a go! The oatmeal stout was the standout for me in last years release.
  7. stella77artois

    stella77artois Devotee (498) Nov 4, 2010 New York

    Looking forward to this.
  8. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Aspirant (202) Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

    When is this released ?
  9. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (850) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    I hope there's something different as the fourth beer. I mean, am I the only one who sometimes wants something that's not an IPA?
  10. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,124) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Yay!!!!! Even more IPA's added to an already overcrowded bunch!
  11. phooky

    phooky Aspirant (209) Jan 23, 2010 New York

    The Imperial Red was awesome in last year's beer camp, looking forward to see how they improved on it.
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  12. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    I don't think this is coming out until late July.
  13. ImChrisBrown

    ImChrisBrown Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2011 California

    Agreed. Last year's red was awesome.
    Still pissed lagunitas imperial red isnt being brewed this year.
    Geuzedad, WhatdaHec and GeddyLeeRocks like this.
  14. bulldogbrewhaus

    bulldogbrewhaus Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012 Virginia

    Last years was really good. Will buy this when I see it. I liked both the imperial red and the imperial pils.
  15. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    So, TW will have it here in Florida around mid-September if their Hoptimum dates (bottled 3/26/13, available 5/8/13.... and still on pallets here) are any indication. :angry:
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  16. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Aspirant (202) Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

    Sierra Nevada is known for having IPA's that keep their flavor for a long while after bottling...

    ~45 days after bottling, especially for a hop bomb like Hoptimum, is still very fresh for ANY IPA.

    90 days is the very least amount of time before an IPA might experience loss of flavor/aroma.

    We have Wookey Jack that is nearly a year old still on the shelves of multiple shops around here; that would be more appropriate to complain about.
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  17. Ericness

    Ericness Initiate (184) Nov 21, 2012 Massachusetts

    Imperial Red? Yes please!
  18. ShemRahBoo

    ShemRahBoo Defender (604) Jan 28, 2010 New Jersey
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    I dont understand this about the Wookey. I was told by a store that they received new Wookie. I was excited and then check it....sweet the year old Wookey was replaced by 4 month old wookie.
  19. flexabull

    flexabull Poo-Bah (2,289) Mar 9, 2006 California
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    Fingers are crossed that the 4th beer is Simmer Down Brown. (it's a hoppy brown, so it fits the theme)
  20. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Bummer. I love all things Sierra Nevada, but even more IPA's on the shelf is a bit of a let down. I know I am in the minority on that (obviously, or else SN wouldn't be doing it). But I can't be mad at SN, I love them too much. Plus if I had my way and did the beer camp series they wouldn't sell shit. In it there'd be a Czech Pils (not an imprial one), an ESB, a Kolsch and an Altbier, ha ha ha.
  21. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Disciple (342) May 1, 2011 Maine

    I'll get it because it's SN and it will be good, but I'm not too excited about the choices. I would've liked to see something different like a coffee IPA or something.
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  22. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    There will be no 4th beer in these variety packs this year. Just the 3 mentioned in the original post. 4 of each kind.
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  23. JEdmund

    JEdmund Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2006 Kansas

    Bummer to hear they're only doing three beers in the pack! I'm sure they'll be tasty though.
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  24. flexabull

    flexabull Poo-Bah (2,289) Mar 9, 2006 California
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    Oh well, thanks for the info. I'm still looking forward to this years pack even though I wish there was a better mix of styles.
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  25. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2011 California

    That oatmeal stout should be turned into a year-round brew
  26. HeyJim

    HeyJim Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I was heartbroken by the Imperial Red last year, because I loved it so much and knew it would be going away. Hoping that this next one is the just as good.

    Although they will likely be wonderful Belgian Style Black IPA kind of sounds like a contrived mess, while a plain IPA is about as uncreative as you could get.
  27. Hobby

    Hobby Initiate (0) May 26, 2012 Michigan

    How much does a case of the Beer Camp typically run? Anyone...Anyone...Bueller...
  28. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    This will be missed...
    Only mildly interested in the Black IPA & the Imp. Red...
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  29. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (2,581) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    Probably my favorite 12 pack each of the last 2 years.
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  30. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    $17-20 a twelver if I remember correctly. At least here in the Bay Area.
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  31. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,454) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Will this be distributed to the normal SN states? I'm such a sucker for Imperial Reds.
    Reading all the descriptions makes my mouth water.
  32. BlowstotheBody

    BlowstotheBody Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Florida

    I'll buy it and probably enjoy, but it's disheartening to see variety leaving variety packs. Craft drinkers don't seem to enjoy anything that isn't extreme, either abv or hops.
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  33. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,483) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I didn't like the Imperial Red in last year's Beer Camp.. I thought it was malt heavy and low on the hops, which is fine, but it wasn't my cup of tea.. I hope this year's focuses on the hops..
  34. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,454) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I agree. The description sure makes it sound like it will be on the hoppy side.
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  35. RyanLigeia

    RyanLigeia Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2011 North Carolina

    I know its already been said a few times but I too enjoyed the oatmeal stout the most out of last years lineup. It was also just nice to have something in there to really mix it up. I'm sure all 3 will be delicious (SN obviously knows a thing or 2 about brewing hoppy beers) but I was hoping for a little more variety. They just already have so many hoppy options on the shelves...thats why I get pumped when things like Tumbler, Narwhal and the Beercamp 12 pack come out. With that being said, I know the main purpose of this 12pack ISN'T to be a variety pack. It IS, however, a perfect opportunity to have blessed us with some other, more... "differen't" cool shit though.
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  36. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (463) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I'm really excited for this. I've always looked forward to their yearly release of beer camp and this one looks to be pretty good. I really like the idea of new and refreshing 12 packs from Sierra Nevada
  37. BlowstotheBody

    BlowstotheBody Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Florida

    38 Counts of Battery!

    Yeah, the oatmeal stout last year was very solid. I get that they'll probably sell more going the hoppy route, and I don't blame them for doing it. I just get more excited when a brewery showcases all that they can do, especially with a brewery like SN because they're good at everything.
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  38. RyanLigeia

    RyanLigeia Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2011 North Carolina

    EXACTLY, they do everything well so it woulda been awesome to get their take on a belgian style quad or dubbel (even a tripel or saison if they're trying to stay on the "lighter" side for summer), a mai/doppel/or straight up bock, an old ale, a ...somethin different. I mean one is just "IPA"? Cmon son. Its also sad (but ignorant not to) think that predicted sales have anything to do with the lineup. Especially with a company like SN who is already HUUUUUUUUGE but started with all these great values and all that good sappy stuff.
    I know it sounds like I'm bashing it a whole bunch, I'm really just giving my opinion though. Either way, like blowstothebody said, I too will still be picking this up and probably enjoying each of them.

    And hell yes, 38 counts of battery. Good eye! \m/
  39. tfs8271

    tfs8271 Initiate (41) Mar 14, 2007 California

    This is Beer Camp... They are all beers that are taken/made with participating beer campers over the year. This would be the best of 2012. I believe the Belgian black and Imperial Red were brewed and developed with the consumer winners from last year's contest. Just think you could win a chance to brew this year... I bet you would be stoked if it was your beer. :slight_smile:
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  40. Seanvino

    Seanvino Aspirant (248) Jan 5, 2009 California

    As far as the Belgian end of the spectrum are the Ovila line of brews distributed in NC? Or are you asking that SN include these in the Beer Camp pack? See http://www.sierranevada.com/beer/specialty/ovila for their line of Belgian brews.
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