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Ballast Point offers preview of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp tour

Ballast Point hosted a tap takeover featuring all 12 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp brews.
Ballast Point hosted a tap takeover featuring all 12 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp brews.
Don Ayres

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America tour looks to be a beer festival for the ages. The centerpiece of the festival is the Beer Camp 12-Pack, which features collaboration brews between Sierra Nevada and 12 different breweries from all over the United States. San Diego craft beer fans had the opportunity for a sneak preview of the festival when Ballast Point hosted a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp tap takeover on Thursday.

“Our friends at Ballast Point are making excellent beer and are helping shape an impressive craft beer hub in San Diego,” said Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada. “We got to pick their brains and have some fun in our brewhouse together—that’s what this industry is all about. A great hoppy beer came of it, and we hope folks will join us at these festivals to give it a try.”

Ballast Point’s contribution to the 12-pack comes in the form of Electric Ray, an India Pale Lager with strong citrus flavors. "Ken and Sierra Nevada have always been role models of ours, so we were stoked when they approached us about this collaboration,” said Ballast Point CEO and Founder Jack White. “It was such a fun experience to get our brewing team together with theirs to come up with a beer that reflected both our styles of brewing and our mutual love for hops, and Electric Ray definitely does that. We're looking forward to taking this beer on tour across America."

To paraphrase a notable San Diegan, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America tour is a kind of a big deal. Sierra Nevada invited every craft brewery in the country to bring up to two beers to their region’s festival, and more than 700 breweries answered the call. San Diego’s festival, which takes place on July 20 at Embarcadero Marina Park North, features breweries from Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada, along with the 12 breweries that participated in the 12-pack. With stops all over the country, the tour finishes with the grand opening of the new Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, North Carolina on August 3.