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.
Tröegs Scratch #142
The Brewery: Tröegs, the Hershey, Pennsylvania-based brewery is probably best known for its seasonal imperial Amber ale, Nugget Nectar, which is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. Like the Nectar, most of Tröegs' beers are intensely floral (but not necessarily bitter) thanks to ample dry hopping.
The Beer: Scratch #142
Tasting Notes: Tröegs' Scratch series are the company's excuse to experiment — available only at the brewery, the company has made some 150 so far with somewhat mixed results (but mostly praise from their fans). Scratch #142, a low-alcohol IPA, is a distinctly Tröegs brew, complete with a powerful nose that gives off a fresh-mowed scent mixed with lots of lemon and grapefruit. The beer makes us want a Tröegs Hopback or Sunshine Pils, two of their most popular (and our favorite) beers.