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Tap 42 Beer Collaboration With Sierra Nevada, Gets Schooled at 'Beer Camp'

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"This is the best thing I've ever done," Lauren said, as we peruse the folders of images from the trip. "Especially going into the hop room, where there's just ton's of hops in bins in this giant room. It's this amazingly sweet and dank smell."

The team was also part of the actual brewing process as well. They didn't just act as recipe builders.

"I got to dump in some of the hop additions," she said. "Everyone got to be an integral part of the brewing process."

Sometime in spring, this beer, currently unnamed as it has to go through the usual Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau labeling process, will be sent out to each of the collaborator's accounts. It's to be two kegs worth, or about 31 gallons, as it's only brewed on Sierra Nevada's pilot brew system.

"When it's released, I'm hoping to share the whole experience with the people that work here [at Tap 42], and to get them excited about the whole brewing process. Of course, we'll also have to have a big event for it."

Tap 42 isn't the only Florida based beer center to collaborate with Sierra Nevada this year. Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa will also be putting a collaboration beer into the Beer Camp Across America 12-pack which features brews from 11 American craft breweries, including Russian River, Three Floyds, and Victory Brewing.

Regular folks can participate in a similar program to Lauren's experience from Sierra Nevada held every year through the Beer Camp program. Through a rigorous video application process (it must be, right?), 30 lucky people get to experience Sierra Nevada like no one else. Though this years deadline is past, the camp is held in December, maybe it's time to get thinking for next year? It's a craft beer lover's dream.

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