During our time on the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America — from California to Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Pennsylvania and, finally, North Carolina — we tasted beers, talked to locals, and tried to get a sense of the state of craft beer across the country. We learned a lot on our trip: That hot air balloon rides can cure hangovers, Pliny for breakfast will rob you of your ambitions, and that you can, indeed, brew beer on the back of a moving bus.
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More importantly, we found that there were dozens of great beers that you can only get by being a local — whether in Asheville, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Portland, Maine, or San Diego. From walking the grounds of the regional festivals and tasting some 30 beers at each of the seven Beer Camp festivals (this wasn't entirely fun; not all the beers were good), we found 70 beers that, if you live more than a few hundred miles away from the brewery, you probably haven't had the chance to try. We suggest you follow our example and make a road trip out of it. A beer tour across the country doesn't sound like too bad an idea now, does it?
Odell Brewing Company's Trellis Garden Ale: Fort Collins, Colorado
The Brewery: Odell Brewing Company, one of Colorado’s first craft breweries from the late eighties, in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Beer: Trellis Garden Ale
Tasting Notes: One of Colorado’s first craft breweries from the late eighties, Odell still out-innovates most brewers in the region with a lusted-after cellar sires and a pilot system that just won’t quit. Trellis is brewed with local herbs and spices from the Gardens on Spring Creek, giving it a bizarre and awesome nose of coriander, cilantro, lavender, and rose petal that hovers over a lovely pale ale base.