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Sierra Nevada's cross-country collaboration returns

Two years ago, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company released the Beer Camp Across America box, a half-case containing 12 different beers from 12 different collaborating U.S. breweries. This spring, its doing it all over again—inviting even more breweries to participate.

This time, the variety pack is named after the regular Beer Camp conferences Sierra Nevada holds with other brewers in the business, and it's an even bigger deal than the 2014 release. The 12-pack features six different beers, each representing a different region of the US and each a collaboration between SN and five different breweries from that region. The breweries in question are a who's who of craft, from big regional names such as Bear Republic and Dogfish Head to smaller beer-nerd favorites including Boston's Trillium, Georgia's Creature Comforts Brewing, and Barley Brown's Beer from our own glorious state of Oregon.

The latter contributed to Moxee-Moron, an Imperial Session IPA named after the town of Moxee in the Yakima Valley of Washington. Despite clocking in at 7.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), it stays remarkably approachable despite bursting at the seams with hop aromas. Simcoe and Mosaic hops from Yakima are the stars here, with some Citra and other experimental varieties thrown in to add to the aroma. The result is heavily citrus-y and quite addictive—a pity there's only two in the box.

Other notable beers in the pack include the thick and rich Stout of the Union from a group of SoCal breweries, and Family Values, a heavy brown ale created with ingredients from the Upper Midwest. Lastly, Sweet Sunny South is a table beer made with saison yeast that's perfect for porch-side sipping.

The 12-pack is out now and should reach Bend stores by the time this hits print. In tandem with this, Sierra Nevada is launching a series of Beer Camp festivals across the country, with samples on offer from over 100 breweries at each location. The nearest one to here will be held in Seattle on June 11.

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