Can a collaboration beer have too much collaboration?

This past summer Sierra Nevada released the largest collaboration in Craft Beer history by have 12 different breweries collar on a beer with them for the ultimate 12-pack of craft beer goodness. It was a huge success and included a traveling beer festival, but these collaborations were 12 different beers with 12 different breweries, not three or four breweries collabing on a single beer. I’ve had plenty of collaboration beers from two breweries that have been great, average, and simply not for my pallet.

During Colorado craft beer week, though, every brewery in Fort Collins collaborated to bring something like 10 to 12 beers. A few of those collaborations included so many breweries (three to five) that I’m not even sure how they did it. Not the part of making the beer, but deciding on what to make, Most recipes are simple; malt, hops, yeast, water. But on the process of choosing who does what, it was probably simple. I’m not even sure where I’m going with this post anymore. My point is that seeing three to four names on a label persuades me away from trying something.


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