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Beer Camping
« on: November 06, 2011, 03:16:32 PM »
I just returned from Sierra Nevada Beer Camp.  It was probably the single best, most fun beer experience I've ever had.  We spent the first day touring the plant and learning about how they do things there.  The second day we brewed 2 10 bbl. batches of our beer, "Alternate Ending" altbier, in the pilot brewhouse.  We used both American and German hops, including a new experimental variety called only #366.  I'll be writing more about it in the next few days, but here are some pics to get you started.

http://s794.photobucket.com/albums/yy221/dennyconn/Beer%20Camp/
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2011, 03:24:18 PM »
Have I mentioned I'm jealous?
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2011, 03:26:39 PM »
Have I mentioned I'm jealous?

I hope that you and every homebrewer can get a chance to go sometime, Tom.  The experience and the hospitality of SN is almost beyond superlatives.
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011, 04:35:15 PM »
Have I mentioned I'm jealous?

Aaannnd, +1. Those pics are brewing porn at it's finest! Awesome.
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2011, 04:44:34 PM »
+ 1000 more on jealous. Gotta get the video camera out and rolling!!!!
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2011, 04:51:19 PM »
So where does one sign up for Beer Camp?
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2011, 05:14:06 PM »
Nice pics and I am also jealous ;)
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2011, 05:55:48 PM »
Have I mentioned I'm jealous?

I hope that you and every homebrewer can get a chance to go sometime, Tom.  The experience and the hospitality of SN is almost beyond superlatives.

Just like I told you, Denny!  Those guys are great.  Glad it lived up to my hype.

One way to go to Beer Camp is to have "connections" like Denny.  Most attendees are from the accounts and distributors that sell SN beers.   One year, Ken Grossman was the keynote speaker at the NHC in Oakland, and invited all of the Gold Medal winners to attend.  If there was ever a year to win a Gold, that was it, and we lucked out somehow and had the time of our lives (the wife was my co-brewer, and they got invited too).

They run a video competition once a year.  This is the way to get there if you don't brew, are not in the industry, but love the Sierra Nevada beers.  Looking at past winner's videos, my advice is to be creative and entertaining.  They are not looking for a brewing documentary.

Edited for spelling and punctuation.

Denny - what can you tell us about X-366.  I have a pound of one called X-369 that was called "Son of Simcoe", and need to use that this winter.  Picked that up at Bell's General Store, as it was left over from the beer they made with it.   





  


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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2011, 11:39:23 PM »
[drool]  :)
So I'm guessing this is like a disneyland for homebrewers?
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2011, 06:28:59 AM »
I will sort and organize my pics as well. I also have some videos that I will post on you tube sometime later this week.

To reiterate what Denny already said... this place is awesome and the beer camp experience is something that I will never forget.
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2011, 06:43:44 AM »
Every time I hear beer camp, I envision a bunch of half wasted guys sitting around a campfire singing Kum Beer Yah

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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2011, 06:44:28 AM »
I will sort and organize my pics as well. I also have some videos that I will post on you tube sometime later this week.

To reiterate what Denny already said... this place is awesome and the beer camp experience is something that I will never forget.

Mike, were you in another group, or the same as Denny?
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2011, 07:27:16 AM »
I will sort and organize my pics as well. I also have some videos that I will post on you tube sometime later this week.

To reiterate what Denny already said... this place is awesome and the beer camp experience is something that I will never forget.

Mike, were you in another group, or the same as Denny?

Same as Denny. I had the pleasure of working with him on developing our recipe.
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2011, 09:26:51 AM »
So where does one sign up for Beer Camp?

You make a video.  Info is here...

http://sierrabeercamp.com
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Re: Beer Camping
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2011, 09:31:37 AM »
Denny - what can you tell us about X-366.  I have a pound of one called X-369 that was called "Son of Simcoe", and need to use that this winter.  Picked that up at Bell's General Store, as it was left over from the beer they made with it.   

Jeff, I went with high expectations that were wildly exceeded!  366 has a kind of dankness like Columbus, but also some lemon and tangerine notes.  We used it very sparingly in the hopback.  I'm not even sure what the AA is, but they said they'd send us all info.
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