The fifth stop of Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America brought us to Philadelphia, the beating heart of the Mid-Atlantic beer scene, which brags big breweries like Dogfish Head, Victory, and Yuengling. It's also one of the most burgeoning scenes for the little guys, with nearly 150 breweries in Pennsylvania alone. We sampled dozens of beers at the festival that you'll be hard-pressed to find outside the Mid-Atlantic. Here are our favorites.
Lost Weekend IPA
The Brewery: Bluejacket is Washington D.C.'s latest brewpub that, despite the lack of distribution, is one impressive brewery, having brewed 80 different beers since October 2013. Sour beers, unfiltered lagers, hop-forward IPAs — this place brews it all, and with much success.
The Beer: Lost Weekend IPA
Tasting Notes: While we were told this beer is no longer being brewed here (this is the problem with a heavily rotating tap), the Lost Weekend IPA, an aggressive west coast IPA is the kind of beer that balances the portfolio of a brewery that made one of our favorite Wee Heavy Scottish Ales (a booze-y beer with notes of fig and raisin that is also no longer available) and still makes a sour we love (the Rheinard de Vos, a balanced, lacto-fermented red ale that's still on tap). Lost Weekend has bold citrus notes, tons of bitterness, and a pleasant grassy tone that we enjoyed while we could. It's a beer that just proves Bluejacket is worth visiting — if only to see what they'll come up with next.