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.
Evolution Lot #3 IPA
The Brewery: Evolution Craft Brewing Company, a brewery complete with a restaurant and packed tasting room outside of Salisbury, Maryland
The Beer: Lot #3 IPA
Tasting Notes: This hoppy beer might lean towards the more bitter part of the scales for an American IPA, but it's all about balance in this brew. A strong carmel backbone prevents the Lot #3 from becoming too aggressive. It's the kind of IPA you could find yourself drinking back-to-back without tiring your tongue — and a standout, even in a region that gave birth to one of the most well-known (and worthy) IPAs in the U.S., Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA.