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.
Star Hill's King of Hop
The Brewery: Star Hill, just outside of Charlotesville, Virginia, has been providing craft beer to the region since the late 1990s.
The Beer: King of Hop Imperial IPA, a limited release brew since July 1, 2014.
Tasting Notes: This IPA brings familiar west coast flavors to Virginia with loads of grapefruit and pine and citrus notes thanks to ample Citra, Amarillo, Simco, and Falcones hops. But this isn't an in-your-face imperial IPA, with a relatively low 7.5 percent ABV (low for the style at least), and none of the aggressive bitterness you might expect.