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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's Beer Camp Highlights Craft Beer Culture in Portland

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A first-time craft beer tour put on by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company made it's fifth of seven stops in Portland at the up-and-coming Thompson's Point complex.

The craft beer brewer says they are adding a second brewery on the east coast, and instead of just celebrating their own "next step", they parlayed it into a cross-country celebration of all craft beer, and the people who brew it. They say Portland's famous and still-growing craft beer culture made them an essential stop on the Beer Camp of America tour, which will hit a total of seven U-S cities Portland being the smallest one.

Ryan Arnold with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company told us, "We've done a collaboration beer with Allagash and we tried to find cities where our collaboration partners are based or where there's just great craft beer culture and Portland has both."

The Maine Brewer's Guild says they had a big hand in bringing the Beer Camp tour here, throwing themselves into making the festival happen, and sacrificing the one they put on every year. But they say Sierra Nevada is giving back to the communities that host them. They are donating all the proceeds from the Portland festival to the Maine Brewer's Guild.

"We are extremely grateful. There are people who put on brewer's fests all around the state and the country who aren't kicking any money back. They know that organizations like our support craft beer in the state and will only make it better to further lay the ground work to allow things like this to succeed in the future...The founders of Sierra really care about craft beer. They've proven it time and time again," says Sean Sullivan, Executive Director of the Maine Brewer's Guild.