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Beer Camp

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Welcome

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Beautiful Program

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Beer Camp Bus

Okay Everyone – Sing! B-Double E-R C-A-M-P, Beer Camp! Repeat!

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is GOING THERE! A 7-City Beer Festival Tour with more than 700 Breweries. What an Adventure, What a Journey! The Largest Craft Beer Celebration. Sierra Nevada is making history!

7 Cities

  1. Chico, CA – 7/19/14
  2. San Diego, CA – 7/20/14
  3. Denver, CO – 7/25/14
  4. Chicago, IL – 7/27/14
  5. Portland, ME – 8/1/14
  6. Philly, PA – 8/2/14
  7. Mills River, NC – 8/3/14

More than 100 regional breweries are pouring their beers at each City stop! How cool would it be to go to all 7 Cities! I can dream!

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Beautiful Tasting Glass


Cheers!


Celebration!

Beer Camp Across America Variety 12-Pack

On Tap at every City Stop is the 12 different beers Sierra Nevada brewed with 12 different craft brewers!

  1. Tater Ridge, Scottish Ale – Asheville Brewers Alliance, Asheville, NC
  2. Myron’s Walk, Belgian-Style Pale Ale – Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME
  3. Canfusion, Rye Bock – Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO/Brevard, NC
  4. Yvan The Great, Belgian-Style Blonde – Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA
  5. Maillard’s Odyssey, Imperial Dark Ale – Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
  6. Alt Route, Altbier – Victory Brewing Company, Dowingtown, PA
  7. Double Latte, Coffee Milk Stout – Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, OR
  8. Yonder Bock, Tropical Maibock – Cigar City Brewing, LLC., Tampa, FL
  9. Electric Ray, India Pale Lager – Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
  10. Chico King, Pale Ale – 3 Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN
  11. Torpedo Pilsner, Hoppy Pilsner – Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA
  12. There and Back, English-Style Bitter – New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI

Photo: Got Mine - SWEET :) :) :)
Cannot Wait To Taste Them All!!!

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A Favorite

Photo: Favorite so far. Happy Weekend :)
A Favorite


Roll Out the Barrels

MarchFourth Marching Band (M4)

MarchFourth Marching Band – Check Out Their Website. From Portland, Oregon.

M4 was AWESOME & AMAZING – So Entertaining!!!! From the Marching Band Themed Costumes to the 5-piece Percussion Corps to the 6-part Brass section to Dancing to Stilt Walking.

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Sierra Nevada’s New Brewery In North Carolina

I have been to their brewery in Chico, CA and would love to go one day and tour their new brewery in North Carolina!


Roll Out the Bottles (Photos by RSheridan)

Cannot Wait To Go To Camp Again!!!

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The Sierra Nevada

Snow Chains to Swim Suits

I joke, but it is TRUE that there are snow chains to swim suits packed when hitting I-80 and heading over the Sierras! Just traveling on I-80 is an ADVENTURE and at times ONE WILD RIDE too!

I DO NOT know how the pioneers DID IT when it came to crossing the Sierra Nevada! I-80 is a TEMPEST! You can and probably will experience 4 seasons of weather in one day. You can and probably will experience a rollercoaster of emotions too.

The Wonders of the Sierra Nevada

I recently read an article in Sunset magazine about “The 23 Wonders of the Sierra Nevada”. I was a little in awe of all the places CravesAdventure has traveled to as well as explored and adventured throughout the Sierra Nevada. I experienced 2 new things moving Out West; camping with bears and mountain hiking. I fell head over heels in love with living Out West!

The Sierra Nevada will draw you in, show you its beauty and have you coming back again! It will leave an imprint on your heart and soul and leave you wanting more. The BEST SIGHT TO SEE is its colors; blues, greens, browns to name a few! It has to be experienced in person and you only get a little taste here and there.

  • Yosemite National Park and Hetch Hetchy
  • Bridgeport, California
  • Mono Lake
  • Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park – The Congress Trail and Moro Rock
  • Mount Whitney
  • Mammoth, California – Devils Postpile National Monument
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Ebbetts Pass
  • Lake Tahoe

Other Places Experienced in the Sierra Nevada

  • Truckee, California and Donner Lake State Park
  • Grass Valley, California and Nevada City, California
  • Murphys, California
  • Bodie State Park

The Sierra Nevada or Snowy Range. The Sierra Nevada runs 400 miles north to south and about 70 miles east to west. I think of Ansel Adams and John Muir. Here are some facts:

  1. Mount Whitney (14,505 ft) is the highest point in the U.S.
  2. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America.
  3. Yosemite Valley was carved out by glaciers out of 100 million year old granite.
  4. 3 National Parks – Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.
  5. 2 National Monuments – Devils Postpile and Giant Sequoia.

In a way the Sierra Nevada is a TEMPEST too! The Sierra Nevada is unpredictable and ever changing!

Bodie Historic State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park & Ebbetts Pass

Marlette Lake (Tahoe Area)

Mammoth, California

Devils Postpile National Monument

Sequoia National Park & Kings Canyon National Park

Yosemite National Park

 


September 2007


October 2009


Spring 2010


September 2010

Hetch Hetchy

Donner Lake State Park


(Photos by RSheridan)

What Has Been Your Experience(s) with the Sierra Nevada? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Sierra Tap House & Restaurant

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is located in Chico, California.

A Great Place to Grab a Bite if you are checking out the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

The Restaurant is Elegant with Beautiful Woodwork and Details. The Bar has plenty of room for gathering for a brew. There is an outdoor patio too. Be On the Lookout for Bigfoot!

Hours:  (Do not take reservations)

Sunday – Thursday:  11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Friday and Saturday:  11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Great Brews & Eats!!! The restaurant offers fresh locally grown produce, bread baked in house with malted barley (whole-grain rolls and pizza dough), and sauces based on their ales and lagers. Here’s the kicker! Their beef is from their own locally raised herd, which is fed on a special natural diet that includes brewer’s yeast and the nutritious spent grains from the brewery.

Can You Say Attention to Detail!!!


Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is located in Chico, California.


(Photo by RSheridan)

Brewery Tour

Had the BEST Tour Guide, Ryan!!!

Highly Recommend – Make Reservations in Advance! FREE! Tour Desk:  (530) 899-4776

Tour Days and Times

Monday – Thursday:  12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Friday and Saturday:  12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Sunday:  12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Solar Power


The parking lot is covered with solar panels.


More solar panels on the roof. (Photos by RSheridan)

The Basics of Beer Making

The Ingredients:

Barley Malt + Hops + Yeast + Water = Great Brews

Tried Crystal, Caramel and Chocolate Malts! The roasting process of the malt brings out the character, flavor and body of the beer.

Along with a brief history of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and then the tour began.

Hydrating Malt Mill

This is where the brewing process starts. The malted barley grains are cracked and then sprayed with hot water. This softens the grains before the grains are crushed. This results in a grist that is mixed in the mash tun, which turns the barley’s starches into fermentable sugars.


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Brew House

The Brew House was AMAZING!


(Photo by RSheridan)

Then the process continues in the lauter tun where hot water is run through the mash. This is where the wort comes into play. This process extracts the sugars, color and flavor components into wort. The wort is then boiled with hops in the brew kettles. Actually tried wort for the 1st time!


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Chilled Hop House

You get to check out the hops and get hands on! Sierra Nevada hand selects the finest hop cones from growers around the world (every year). Sierra Nevada also grows their own hops (out by the solar paneled parking lot).


(Photos by RSheridan)

The Yeast Room – The Magic

Did you know that the Yeast in the Kellerweis is what brings out the Banana flavor in the brew! The yeast works its magic on the malt and hops to make flavor packed brews.

Chico Water that is Filtered is used to make the Brews! The brewery’s waste water is treated with their state of the art recycling plant.

Fermentation & Filtration

Basically in fermentation the living yeasts convert the malt sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The Magic is Happening Now! Basically I think in terms of appearance, aroma, mouth feel, and flavor profile of the brews. Get Your 5 Senses into the process of beer tasting!

This is Where the Brew is Born!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Hops Everywhere


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A Touch of the Unique


Be on the lookout for the unique tiles on the walls! (Photo by RSheridan)

The Hall of Brew Labels


(Photos by RSheridan)

Bottling 


Heading to the Packaging Area

The Bottling Area is Massive!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Tasting

I was amazed to learn that the tasting consisted of 8 brews – WOW! Let the FUN begin!

My Top 3:  Kellerweis, Ovila:  Dubbel & Narwahl

  • Pale Ale
  • Kellerweis
  • Celebration
  • Northern Harvest
  • Torpedo
  • Ovila:  Dubbel
  • Ovila:  Barrel-Aged Quad
  • Narwahl


The Pale Ale


The Kellerweis


The Celebration


The Ovila:  Barrel-Aged Quad (Photos by RSheridan)

These Brews are Meant to Be Sipped and Savored; No CHUGGING Allowed!!!


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