In 2014 the California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. organized the first collaborative Beer Camp, in which the innovative craft brewer went on a bus tour with other brewers. In 2016 Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada, and his son Brian Grossman invited 31 guest brewers to brew a beer especially produced for this occasion at the state-of-the-art brewery in Chico, California. could be tasted on a tour around the country.
This year father and son have chosen the theme: Beer Camp Across the World. Sierra Nevada will sell 50,000 cases of a limited-release 12-pack in June. It will include 12 beers which are brewed in collaboration with 12 different brewing partners and will be available only in the US at a retail price of $25.
The brewery has picked 6 national partners and 6 international partners for the project:
- National Partners: Avery Brewing Co. of Boulder, Colorado (Dry Hopped Barleywine Style Ale); Boneyard Beer of Bend, Oregon (West Coast Style DIPA); Saint Arnold Brewing Co. of Houston (Dry Hopped Berliner Weisse); Surly Brewing Co. of Minneapolis (Ginger Lager); The Bruery of Placentia, California (Raspberry Sundae); and Tree House Brewing Co. of Monson, Massachusetts (East Meets West IPA).
-International Partners: Ayinger Brewery of Aying, Germany (Dunkle Weisse); Duvel of Breendonk, Belgium (Hoppy Belgian Style Golden); Fuller’s Brewery of London (Atlantic Vintage Ale); Garage Project from Wellington, New Zealand (Campout Porter); Kiuchi Brewery from Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan (White IPA with Yuzu); and Mikkeller of Copenhagen (Thai Iced Tea).
“The first year we did the bus [across America] and that was insane. Year two  we did the super groups, and then how do you make it even bigger again? ” asks founder Ken Grossman. And his son, Brian Grossman, company vice president, adds: “That’s when we said, ‘Let’s go  across the globe. I have no idea what we’re gonna do next year.”