Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Canfusion with Oskar Blues, Review 281

CANfusion is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. CANfusion is a Rye Bock Brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewing from Longmont, Colorado.
ABV 7.2% 45 IBU’s
Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.
Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/oskar_blues_brewing_company

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Electric Ray IPL, with Ballast Point Review 280

Electric Ray is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. Electric Ray is an India Pale Lager Brewed in collaboration with Ballast Point Brewing from San Diego, California.
ABV 8.5% 70 IBU’s
As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.
Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/ballast_point_brewing_company

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Maillard’s Odyssey,Imperial Dark Ale with Bells Brewing, Review 279

Maillard’s Odyssey is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. Maillard’s Odysseey is an Imperial Dark Ale Brewed in collaboration with Bells Brewing from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
ABV 8.5% 40 IBU’s
Rich, dark, and roasty. That was the concept Bell’s beer guru John Mallett aimed for and, true to John’s vision, Maillard’s Odyssey is exactly that. Its name honors the Maillard reaction—the “browning” of sugars and amino acids—that creates the wonderful caramelized toffee-like and roasted flavors so abundant in this beer.
Bell’s has done a lot to raise the Midwest’s craft beer bona fides. They are masters of many beer styles from their portfolio of top-notch American stouts all the way through to the alpha acid assault of their Hopslam Ale. Bell’s constantly reinvents beer styles and refines recipes with artful mastery and an oddball slant.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/bell_s_brewery_inc

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Yvan The Great, with Russian River, Beer Review 278

Yvan The Great is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. Yvan The Great is a Belgian Blonde Ale Brewed in collaboration withRussian River Brewing from Santa Rosa California.

6.3% ABV 50 IBU’s

As longtime friends, Russian River brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and our own Brian Grossman are no strangers to brewing experiments. While looking for inspiration for this collaboration, Vinnie and Brian decided to honor the creations of legendary Belgian brewer Yvan De Baets with their own hop-forward American-Belgian mash-up.
From complex Belgian-inspired styles to American wild ales and hoppy Double IPA’s, Russian River always pushes boundaries while respecting technique and quality. Co-owners Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo are longtime friends of Sierra Nevada and they always have a six-pack of Pale Ale in their fridge at home.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/russian_river_brewing_company

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Don’t miss the 5 beers of Christmas and review #300

Hey craftbeergeek fans, be sure to tune into my YouTube channel the week of Christmas for the 5 beers of Christmas which will conclude with beer review #300 on December 26.

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Jacksonville Ale Trail invites you to tour Jacksonville’s Breweries

Jacksonville Florida’s craft beer scene has been exploding in the past few years making Jacksonville a destination for craft beer geeks like yourself.  Visit Jacksonville has teamed up with seven area craft breweries as well as brewpubs and brew tour companies to create the “JAX Ale Trail Passport”

Jacksonville Ale Trail Passport and Koozie

The Jax Ale Trail Passport and Koozie

 

Starting December 4 visitors can have their passport stamped at each brewery they visit and earn some nice prizes for getting 4 or more passport locations stamped. Passports can be picked up at a Visit Jacksonville visitors center or at any of the participating breweries. With at least 4 stamps passport holders will be eligible to receive a JAX Ale Trail koozie, and with all seven stamps passport holders are eligible for a T-Shirt and a koozie.

 

Map of the JAX Ale Trail Brewry Locations

Map of the JAX Ale Trail

Jax Brew Bus and Play Harder Tours will be offering guided JAX Ale Trail tours to visitors throughout the week for those that would like to enjoy themselves and leave the driving to someone else.

For more information about the JAX Ale Trail and Jacksonville Florida visitor information please visit www.jaxaletrail.com and www.visitjacksonville.com

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2014, Tater Ridge with Asheville Brewers Alliance, Craft Beer Geek Review 277

Day 7

Tater Ridge is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. Tater Ridge is a Scottish Ale Brewed in collaboration with The Asheville Brewers Alliance from Asheville, NC.
ABV 7% 35 IBU’s
The Asheville area is a brewing hotspot nestled in the mountains of North Carolina. Tater Ridge was brewed by something of a craft beer super group made up of members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. We’re fortunate to call these passionate and talented brewers our neighbors, and we hope this unique ale will be the first of many collaborations to come.
We’ve made plenty of new friends in the nearly 30-strong Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) since we started brewing in North Carolina. Two of whom—John Stuart of Green Man Brewery and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed Brewing—led this collaboration recipe and work tirelessly to bring creativity and a deep-seated love of locally made craft beer to the Appalachian Mountains.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/asheville_brewers_alliance

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Double Latte with Ninkasi Brewing, Beer Geek EP276

Double Latte is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. Double Latte is a Coffee Milk Stout Brewed in collaboration with Ninkasi brewing from Eugene, OR.
ABV 7.6% 60 IBU’s

Inspired by the perennial café favorite, Double Latte combines two of the greatest things in life: good coffee and great beer. Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing knows their way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from the legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat.
This young-gun brewery has a locomotive charge. A rich conversation at a local bottle shop in 2005 has morphed into a Pacific Northwest staple. Named after the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, Ninkasi’s first batch of beer was Total Domination IPA and it remains a must for those with a lupulin itch.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/ninkasi_brewing_company

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Chico King with Three Floyds, Beer Geek EP275

Chico King is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. Chico King is a Pale Ale Brewed in collaboration with 3 Floyds brewing from Munster, IN.
ABV 6.5% 45 IBU’s
3 Floyds has a reputation as the Midwestern kings of alpha (hops), and it seems that one of our beers helped to lure them down the lupulin-paved path. Chico King is a mash-up of our mutual passion for hoppy pale ales and combines a uniquely robust malt body with intense citrusy and fruity new school hop varietals.
3 Floyds marches to the beat of their own (double kick) drum when it comes to collaboration, often partnering with comic book artists, tattoo parlors or heavy metal bands when inspiration strikes. These eclectic beers are coveted throughout the Midwest and some beers, like the legendary Dark Lord Imperial Stout, have spawned something akin to a beer-themed holiday in the brewery’s hometown of Muenster, IN.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/three_floyds_brewing_llc

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Torpedo Pilsner with Firestone Walker, Beer Geek EP 274

Torpedo Pilsner is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. A Pilsner Brewed in collaboration with Firestone Walker brewing from Paso Robles, CA.
ABV 5.2% 45 IBU’s
Torpedo Pilsner is a hop-forward take on the crisp classic lager. We and the folks at Firestone Walker share a passion for New Zealand hop varietals, so we loaded our legendary Hop Torpedo with southern hemisphere hops for a fruity, floral twist on the pilsner style.
Just down the road from us in California’s Central Coast wine country, this rock star brewery has earned “Mid-size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup four times. Like us, Firestone is passionate about hops. Their skill with the ingredient shines in their Pale Series and elsewhere in a long beer lineup driven by a premier brewing team.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/firestone_walker_brewing_co

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