Our Favorite Sips from the Mammoth Festival of Beers 2011

[Photographs: Chris Lehault]



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The Mammoth Festival of Beers in Mammoth Lakes, California is a bit like an endurance test. At 8000+ feet above sea level, one of the nation's highest-altitude beer festivals features some of the finest breweries and brew pubs west of the Mississippi, wrapped around three days of world class blues music.

From American sours to double IPAs, the festival features limited-edition brews from some of the country's cutting edge sudsters (including such stars as Russian River and The Lost Abbey.) We sipped and sampled and enjoyed ourselves—here are the finest brews the festival had to offer.