Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America Festival Comes to Florida in 2016

Beer Camp Across America's previous year's event in San Diego.
Beer Camp Across America's previous year's event in San Diego.

The dates for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's six-city Beer Camp Across America 2016 festival tour have been announced, and one of the venues will be right next door.

Beer Camp Across America is a weeklong epic collaboration event and special release 12-pack that distills the influence of America's craft beer community into one box. For 2016, 30 breweries from six regions will be participating to create six new beers for this singular box. It's the ultimate collaboration from one of the country's largest craft breweries. 

Last year, Sierra Nevada asked 12 breweries to make 12 different beers, and it was a heck of a laborious process. The brewery went on tour, but only stopped as far south as their new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina.

The latest festival will kick off in Tampa on Saturday, June 4, 2016, featuring specialty brews from hundreds of local and regional brewers. It shows that the Florida market is intimately tied to the national beer scene and one worthy of such attention. 

At the festival, patrons will be able to sample the beers while interacting with some of the most influential names in craft brewing. Each event will also serve six limited edition collaboration beers – each one created by a different regional team of five breweries alongside Sierra Nevada. These will also be available in a variety twelve pack made up of bottles and cans of the collaborations beers, distributed by Sierra Nevada, and available wherever craft beer is sold.

For the Southeast, this team includes:

Beer Camp Across America will then continue on to other cities across the country. Seattle, Washington and Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 11; San Francisco, California, and Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 18; and Los Angeles, California on Saturday, June 25.

More details, like ticket pricing and venue, are set to be released in February of 2016.

In a recent interview, I asked Funky Buddha owner and brewer Ryan Sentz if he had an idea about the selection process.

“Who the hell knows?!?" he said. "It was probably a mistake, so I didn’t bring it up so they didn’t get a chance to change their mind!”

So what kind of beers are being brewed up for next year? Sentz was tight-lipped as to the recipe or style, but did leave us with one nugget.

“I will say this….it is going to be f’in delicious!”

Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers. He is a Certified Beer Server and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.

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