Sierra Nevada has decided to take it’s gigantic beer festival called Beer Camp to a city where life is good there: Portland, Maine. At 5:00PM on August 1st, 124 regional breweries will invade Thompson’s Point with a slew of their handcrafted beer.
Sierra Nevada even came to Portland, Maine to collaboratively brew a beer especially for Beer Camp with Allagash Brewing Company called Myron’s Walk. It’s a pale ale brewed with Allagash’s special Belgian yeast. The beer is named after the founder of the Appalachian Trail Myron Avery. The trail goes all the way from North Carolina to Maine. Myron’s Walk has 5.3% ABV and 38 IBUs. They used Bravo hops for bittering with Cascade, Citra, and Mosaic for finishing hops.
Myron’s Walk is one of 12 special beers that Sierra Nevada collectively brewed for the festival. You can buy a 12 pack of these beers in specialty stores around Southern Maine. You can find 10 bottled and 2 canned brews. I’ve personally never seen a variety pack of beer with both cans and bottle. You will find a few events happening during the week of Beer Camp with these special beers on tap.
With 124 breweries coming into Portland you are going to find beers that aren’t distributed in Maine. Breweries like Battle Road Brewing Company, Back East Brewery, and 603 Brewery are just a few of the many breweries that Mainers haven’t seen in stores or on tap before.
Don’t forget that The Maine Brewers’ Guild is replacing their annual festival this summer to the Beer Camp. That means proceeds from this epic festival will benefit the Maine Brewers’ Guild. The guild has been helping and protecting craft breweries in Maine since 1986. They are a non-profit organization that helps in the growing Maine beer movement.
Remember when I mentioned those special collaborative beers from Sierra Nevada? Those beers are also attacking Maine’s tap lines during the week of the festival. Last night Novare Res Bier Café had the first of these takeovers. You may be able to find some of these leftover throughout the day at Maine’s premier craft beer bar. Wednesday July 30th you can find another takeover at The Thirsty Pig. You can have a flight of all 12 collaborative beers from the Pig’s outdoor bar. Don’t forget The Matt Meyer Gumption Junction Band will be playing some awesome music during your delicious beer tasting.
To finish the awesome series of events to anticipate Beer Camp, Sebago Brewing Company is having a block party. The downtown brewpub will host all 12 beers for $3 pours. The proceeds of this event will benefit the Maine Brewers’ Guild. You can also win Beer Camp tickets from giveaways throughout the night.
Austin Street is also having a post-beer-camp event on Saturday August 2nd. They are pouring 3 sour beers: Number Zero- 100% Brett(Bruxellensis Trois) session dark ale 4.3%, Crushable IPA-100% Brett(Claussenii) session IPA 3.8%, Number Seven- 100% Brett(Anomala) blond 6.5%. 4oz tasters only, no growlers. Austin Street will be open from 1-6 for this sour extravaganza.
I will be attending Beer Camp and walking around with my big camera. Look for me and I will take your photo!