Beer Camp Across The World Kicks Off In June

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company was one of the first craft breweries I discovered years ago when I made the switch from bland, mass-produced lagers to the wonderful World of craft beer.  They’ve been at it since all the way back in 1979 – just one year after homebrewing became legal again at the Federal level in the U.S. (Thank you very much Jimmy & Billy Carter!)

One of Sierra Nevada’s biggest annual events these days is their popular Beer Camp, which first made it’s debut back in 2014. Dubbed the largest craft beer celebration around, Beer Camp 2017 is going Worldwide this year.  They’ve collaborated with 6 U.S. based craft breweries and 6 overseas craft breweries. Now, they’re preparing to take it on the road.  They’ll be hitting 8 major U.S. cities starting on June 3rd and ending with a bang in Seattle on June 30th.

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To Every Craft Beer There Is A Season – Upcoming Events

Pour, Pour, Pour – The Beers
(Sung to the tune of Turn, Turn, Turn by The Byrds)

♫ To everything – pour, pour, pour
There is a season – pour, pour, pour
And a time for every craft beer under heaven ♫

BourbonBarrelAgedBeauties

Right now it’s Winter beer season.  And I couldn’t be happier with this year’s lineup of great Winter beers.  There is just so much wonderfully dark, rich, woody, bourbony, delicious goodness out there with the likes of Hoppy Holidays & Hoppy The Woodsman (Schooner Exact Brewing), Winter Bock (Silver City Brewing), Creepy Monkey Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brown (North Sound Brewing), The Abyss (Deschutes Brewing), Bindlestiff (Naked City Brewing), Jolly Roger Christmas Ale (Maritime Pacific Brewing), Bifrost Ale (Elysian Brewing), Bourbon Barrel Abominable Ale (Fremont Brewing) and many, many more.  For anyone who is a fan of these darker, often barrel-aged, complex and delicious Winter delights, this is a great time of year to be a beer drinker. 

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Cheap Beer? My Journey From Cheap American Lagers To Homebrew & Microbrews

How we percieve things can have a big impact on our definitions of certain things. Prime example: how do you define “cheap”? It can mean different things to different people. To Bill Gates, for example, a $50K Lexus is a pretty ‘cheap’ car – compared to what he could spend on one if he wanted ($300K Bentley anyone? $500K Mercedes?) 

Then, of course, there are those for which the Lexus is far too expensive and their idea of cheap is a $15K Volkswagen or even a $10K Kia ($2K 1972 VW Bug, anyone? lol). For those who are financially-minded (that is – preoccupied with their finances), the beer world can sometimes be viewed in somewhat the same way. 

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September Events At The Pine Box

September is just around the corner, and The Pine Box has a few events lined up that you might want to check out.  First up, on September 2nd, is Cards Against Humanity.  Described as “a party game for horrible people”, Cards Against Humanity is a card game where, during each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.  Created in 2011 as a party game for a New Year’s Eve celebration (and it should be at this year’s PAX – August 31 – September 2nd), it’s a fun game that’s great for groups.  It’s so popular, it’s even reached the top 2 products on Amazon.com‘s Toys & Games category.  Impressive.

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