Sierra Nevada is doing the coolest thing ever this month, and you need to know about it. Starting today, they’re hitting the road, doing a seven-city traveling beer festival that starts at their original brewery in Chico, CA, and ends at their brand-new facility in Asheville, NC. In between, the caravan will stop in San Diego, Denver, Chicago, Portland (ME), and Philadelphia.
Each stop will feature 12 (TWELVE!) different collaborations with 12 of the most forward-thinking and well-respected breweries in the country. Each beer showcases the best of each collaborating brewery. Even the names playfully acknowledge the collaborators’ spirit; it’s clear the brewers had as much fun making these as we’ll have drinking them.
Tickets are $65 at the door and include all the beer you can consume and a free commemorative glass (because there’s a chance that without it, you may not remember what happened). In addition to pouring the featured collaboration beers, Sierra Nevada also invited craft breweries near each festival to showcase their unique brews. If you don’t live in one of the seven cities hosting the traveling fest, you still may be able to try some of the collabs: Sierra Nevada is hosting smaller parties at bars around the country.
There will also be a limited amount of 12-packs available nationwide (10 bottles and two cans). You should be available to find these beers coast-to-coast, so call your local liquor store and see who you can bribe to get yourself a 12-pack.
The beers in the 12-pack and at the festival are:
Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner Brewed in collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Double Latte: Coffee Milk Stout Brewed in collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company
Alt Route: Altbier Brewed in collaboration with Victory Brewing Company
CANfusion: Rye Bock (in a can) Brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues
There and Back: English-Style Bitter Brewed in collaboration with New Glarus Brewing Company
Chico King: Pale Ale Brewed in collaboration with 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Tater Ridge: Scottish Ale Brewed in collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance
Yonder Bock: Tropical Maibock (in a can) Brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing, LLC
Myron’s Walk: Belgian-Style Pale Ale Brewed in collaboration with Allagash Brewing Company
Yvan the Great: Belgian-Style Blonde Brewed in collaboration with Russian River Brewing Company
Electric Ray: India Pale Lager Brewed in collaboration with Ballast Point Brewing Company