Sierra Nevada holds a Beer Camp in Chico, California every summer. In order to attend this camp, you must create a video and submit it to Sierra Nevada who chooses 10 contestants to join them at their camp.
At camp, contestants learn all there is to know about Sierra Nevada’s beer facility and production. They also have the opportunity to brew beer and learn about the intricacies of the brewing process. Campers choose which beers will be brewed at the end of the camp. These beers are released to the public for consumption.
This year, we have had the opportunity to sample 4 of their beer camp series beers at our local bar (Floral IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Oatmeal Stout, and an Imperial Red). The Floral and the Pilsner were probably the best, but today I chose to review the Oatmeal Stout.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Oatmeal Stout
I had high hopes for this beer. I typically enjoy oatmeal stouts as the oatmeal added during the brewing process leaves them extra creamy. While this beer was creamy, there wasn’t really a whole lot of flavor going on. There was a bit of chocolate and a bit of burnt coffee. That is about it. I won’t order this beer again, but will definitely drink the Imperial Pilsner. Unfortunately, the bar ran out of the Floral IPA. Sierra Nevada beers are frequently on my local grocery store’s shelves. So if I see the Floral IPA, I will pick up a bottle. The concept of the beer camp is interesting though. I’m sure they can’t always brew winners. But I will try every one of these beers that I can find this year and in the future. What a great idea to bring the beer community together. I, as a consumer, want to be a part of that.