We’ve never been a big fan of going to camp, but when we heard about Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America, we knew it was something we needed to be a part of. We also learned that it actually has nothing to do with camping, which is so clutch.

Beer Camp Across America is trying to be the largest craft beer celebration in history by hosting a multi-weekend traveling beer festival this summer. They’re celebrating the craft beer community – brewers and fans – and have invited every craft brewery in the country to take part in the festivities (that’s more than 2,700 breweries).

The festival is going to move from west to east, beginning in Chico, CA where Sierra Nevada started in 1980, and ending in Mills River, NC for the grand opening of their new East Coast brewery. Last weekend was the first weekend of the celebration and they spent July 19 in Chico and July 20 in San Diego. The rest of the stops are:

  • Friday, July 25th: Denver, CO – Civic Center Park, 5-10 PM
  • Sunday, July 27th: Chicago, IL – Navy Pier, 12-5 PM
  • Friday, August 1st: Portland, ME – Thompson Point, 5-10 PM
  • Saturday, August 2nd: Philadelphia, PA – Penn Treaty Park, 12-5 PM
  • Sunday, August 3rd: Mills River, NC – Sierra Nevada brewery, 1-6 PM

So, what can you expect with your $65 general admission ticket? Up to two featured beers per brewery, food vendors, live music, a tasting glass, and unlimited tastings (a $30 designated driver ticket is available). Proceeds will go to the state brewers guilds in the festival host states and research to foster the development of new types of hop varieties and barley crops.

In addition to the festivals, Sierra Nevada also put together a really cool 12-pack collaboration. They partnered with a dozen craft breweries to create 12 different beers for one mixed 12-pack (10 bottles, 2 cans). It’s available throughout the U.S. this summer, so you don’t have to worry if you won’t be able to make it to one of the local festivals.

Ready to get your ticket to Beer Camp Across America? Just go to